How Does Cognitive Rehabilitation Work?

How Does Cognitive Rehabilitation Work?

Essentially, cognitive rehabilitation works by turning intellectual awareness into realisation.

By engaging in regular mental activities, challenges, and problem solving we are utilising executive functions which help the brain to rewire. 

For example, we may know that our ability to maintain attention is impaired and have an intellectual and emotional awareness of how this makes us feel. We are intellectually aware of the frustration, confusion and even the curiosity, but usually our knowledge stops there.

It can feel as though you accept this is an outcome of attentional deficit, and the brain fails to explore further.

When we are aware of what we are thinking, i.e. metacognition is monitoring what we are doing, we can come to a realisation that we are tired, the topic or activity isn’t interesting to us, or we have a psychological block. 

An example of a psychological block might be something like having an attitude about being reminded to do something too frequently and being mad at that but thinking we will tackle the job in our own time forgetting about the resentment we felt.

If you can work out that you felt resentment it gives you new options and ways of thinking to tackle the job in order to solve the resentment problem.

Really effective and specialised cognitive training rewires the brain by adding insight, which in turn, helps metacognitive development.