Cognitive Rehabilitation After Brain Injury

Cognitive Rehabilitation After Brain Injury

by Kimberly S. Hutchinson, PhD and Lawrence S. Dilks, PhD

Cognitive Rehabilitation addresses many areas of brain function

You Know Someone Who has Experienced A Brain Injury

If you are reading this, it’s likely that you or someone you know has experienced a brain injury. As recently reported, about 7,000 people a day are affected by some form of a cognitive impairment. If you experienced a brain disorder, you probably went through some form of therapy that focused on the redevelopment of strategies and coping skills to manage brain functions that may have changed. This process of recovery, retraining, and learning new strategies and coping skills is “affectionately” known as cognitive rehabilitation. Some people only went through cognitive rehabilitation while they were in the hospital while others had cognitive rehabilitation as an outpatient.

It Takes Time to Heal & Recovery

Research shows that the period of recovery, retraining, and learning new coping strategies can continue for an extended period after injury. Our book, The Practical Guide to Cognitive Rehabilitation, was written for the purpose of continuing the skill development process.

  • The book offers a brief description about different brain functions and activities.
  • This explanation is followed by exercises and tips.
  • You can use the worksheets and exercises to keep your brain active,
  • find where your strengths and challenges are, or
  • focus on areas that are a challenge.
  • The worksheets are meant to be changed and modified to meet your needs.
  • There are also tips on coping skills as well is when it might be time to check in with a professional.

The book can be used by . . .

  • professionals
  • families
  • individuals affected by brain injury, or
  • used by you along with a caregiver or attendant.

The worksheets and exercises are brief.

  • They are meant to stimulate the brain, but
  • not be lengthy enough to cause fatigue or frustration.

Continued practice can help you keep the gains you have worked so hard for and encourage further skill development.

Every case is different and we tried to make the book user-friendly. Sometimes though, it may be helpful to get another opinion about where to begin, how quickly to proceed, or how to change the tasks and make them easier or harder to meet your current needs. The book is meant to help with recovery, not as a means for testing performance; that is an area where professional help is required.

The Right Tools Achieve Results

Cognitive rehabilitation during the recovery process can be used to increase skills and build confidence. Activities such as those in The Practical Guide, allow you to proceed at your own pace, and work with a professional or caregiver if you so desire. There is a wide variety of ways to keep your brain active and continue your recovery after brain injury. So, consider adding a little cognitive rehabilitation to your daily routine for a more promising tomorrow.



(PGCR) The Practical Guide to Cognitive Rehabilitation: Overcoming Cognitive Neurological Impairments, Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D. and Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D. —

(COGKT3) Cognitive Rehabilitation Tool Kit  — offers:


(PGCR-CL) The Practical Guide to Cognitive Rehabilitation: Overcoming Cognitive Neurological Impairments for Clinicians, Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D. and Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D., is filled with readings and exercises to assist persons with neurological impairments in the recovery process. A great resource for individuals, caregivers and clinicians.

(CFRM) Cognition Functional Rehabilitation Activity Manual, Barbara Messenger, M.Ed., ABDA and Niki Ziarnek, M.S., CCC-SLP/L, offers activities on memory, attention, orientation, awareness, etc. that are designed for easy implementation and instruction. Not only is CFRM persons with brain injury, this manual can be used for persons with a wide range of developmental or neurological impairments.

(CCOM) Cognitive Communication: Functional Activities Manual, Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A., CCC-SLP, is for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI), such as TBI, stroke, tumor or dementia. Most any age person affected by brain trauma can benefit – along with people with age related memory loss & mild cognitive impairments.


(CREF) Cognitive Rehabilitation of Executive Functions, Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D. and Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D.

(CREX3) Cognitive Rehabilitation Triple Play, Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D. and Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D.


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