Cognitive Rehabilitation of Executive Functions

Cognitive Rehabilitation of Executive Functions

Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D. and Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D.

This set of two workbooks by Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D., and Kimberly Hutchinson, Ph.D. developed for clinicians, features practical intervention exercises involving the reconstruction of executive functions of the brain. Using functional approaches, the authors address: attention, concentration, processing speed, categorization, sequencing, awareness, neglect, working memory, reasoning, judgment, humor, language, planning ability, impulse control, and stress/anger management.

Items that come with the two-volume set include:

  • 1 CD or 1 USB Drive (containing all exercises in PDF format from Workbooks)
  • 1 Stopwatch

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The two-workbook set has practical intervention exercises focusing on the reconstruction of brain executive functions. The clinical approaches used address the following functions: attention, concentration, processing speed, categorization, sequencing, awareness, neglect, working memory, reasoning, judgment, humor, language, planning ability, impulse control, and stress/anger management.

Within the workbooks, each chapter begins with a brief overview, followed with a description of the realm of functioning to be covered, concluding with 1-2 page exercises that can be performed by a paraprofessional or family member. Every exercise only takes a few minutes to complete and can be arranged to supplement other forms of intervention. All of the exercises have been developed and proven through years of practical application with inpatient and outpatient clients in Rehabilitation.

ISBN# 9781931117692
Pages Volume 1-188 pages, Volume 2 -236 pages
Year 2016


Kimberly S. Hutchinson, Ph.D.,

She is a Clinical Psychologist with Counseling Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Physical Rehabilitation Services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Barry University, Villanova University, and Fielding Graduate University. Kim taught at Barry University and has a research interest in rehabilitation and is completing a fellowship in Neurocognitive Rehabilitation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

Lawrence S. Dilks, Ph.D.,

He is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has a private practice with Counseling Services in Lake Charles Louisiana and serves as the head of the Department of Neuropsychology with the Physical Rehabilitation Service at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He graduated from Truman State University, Kansas State at Pittsburg and The University of Southern Mississippi. Larry served four years as an Army Clinical Psychologist. He taught at Northwestern and McNeese State Universities. In the past 37 years, Larry has focused on helping individuals overcome psychological and cognitive impairments with the primary goal of maintaining as much independence as possible.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Forward and Introduction

Chapter 2. Attention and Concentration

Chapter 3. Processing Speed

Chapter 4. Categorization: Similar and Different

Chapter 5. Sequencing

Chapter 6. Awareness and Neglect

Chapter 7. Working Memory

Chapter 8. Reasoning and Judgment

Chapter 9. Humor

Chapter 10. Appropriate use of Language

Chapter 11. Planning Ability: Making good Choices

Chapter 12. Impulse Control and Socially Appropriate Behavior

Chapter 13. Problem Solving

Chapter 14. Stress Management

Chapter 15. Anger Management

Chapter 16. Extra Exercises

Chapter 17. Glossary

Chapter 18. Resources and Bibliography


Establishing a Philosophy of Intervention

The implementation of a cognitive rehabilitation program should not be a haphazard activity but rather a considered process that has a desired outcome and is centered on the wellbeing of the patient.

In the implementation of therapeutic activities for either an inpatient unit or an outpatient clinic we strongly recommend all therapist, weather licensed professionals or family members, be guided by the philosophies and writings of Beatrice Wright and adopt the 20 Value Laden Principles as put forth in her 1983 work. As many individuals conducting interventions are unaware of these guiding principles they are represented below.

1. Every individual needs respect and encouragement; the presence of disability, no matter how severe, does not alter these fundamental rights.

2. The severity of a handicap can be increased or diminished by environmental conditions.

3. Issues of coping and adjusting to a disability cannot be validly considered without examining reality problems in social and physical environment.

4. The assets of the person must receive considerable attention in the rehabilitation effort.

5. The significance of a disability is affected by the personís feelings about the self and his or her situation.

6. The active participation of the client in the planning and execution of the rehabilitation program is to be sought out as fully as possible.

7. The client is seen not as an isolated individual but as a part of a larger group that includes other people, often the family.

8. Because each person has unique characteristics and each situation itís own properties, variability is required in rehabilitation.

9. Predictor variables, based on group outcomes in rehabilitation, should be applied with caution to the individual case.

10. All phases of rehabilitation have psychological aspects.

11. Interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration and coordination of services are essential.

12. Self-help organizations are important allies in the rehabilitation effort.

13. In addition to the special problems of particular groups, rehabilitation clients commonly share certain problems by virtue of their disadvantaged and devalued position.

14. It is essential that society as a whole continuously and persistently strives to provide the basic means toward the fulfillment of the lives of all its inhabitants, including those with disabilities.

15. Involvement of the client with the general life of the community is a fundamental principle guiding decisions concerning living arrangements and the use of resources.

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