Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive rehabilitation is defined as a program of therapeutic activities designed to improve functional abilities by strengthening or reestablishing previously learned patterns of behavior or establishing new patterns of behavior to compensate for identified neurocognitive impairments.

The origins of cognitive rehabilitation may be traced back to the 1600s, from which period several publications described efforts to reteach speech and language skills to individuals with aphasia. However, the most significant developments in the field took place during World War I, when dedicated brain injury rehabilitation centers were established to assist injured veterans in returning to work and reintegrating into their communities, and during World War II, at which time Alexander Luria was particularly instrumental in progressing the field based on his work with brain-injured veterans. The field ...

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