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  • Many survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often deal with feelings of anger and irritability after their injury. For some, these feelings of anger can range from mild to severe, and have been studied across different samples of people. Post-tr

  • With the advancements of technology, neuropsychological assessments have been adapted to be done on a computer. Neuropsychologists and other clinical providers are interested in the effects of using these computerized neuropsychological assessments a

  • What is the difference between a child who reads for pleasure at home and a child who doesn’t? Recent studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have an increased rate of learning. The British Cohort Study, which followed more than 17,000 pe

  • Holidays may mean more conversations and potentially a break from formal therapy sessions. Here are 5 ways to continue practicing your language skills, even when you aren't in therapy, over the holiday.

  • Aphasia is a condition that reflects the loss of language. Depending on the nature of aphasia, a person may have trouble producing and/or understanding language. Some people with aphasia may not understand spoken language but are able to understand w

  • When a woman reaches her late 40s or 50s, a natural decline in reproductive hormones begins the cycle of menopause. After 12 months without a menstrual cycle, a woman is officially in the state of menopause. During this uncomfortable time many experi

  • Sleep is one of the most important parts of everyday life. It allows the brain to take a break and recharge, as well as preserve and consolidate one’s memory and any new information learned earlier in the day. However, sleep can be interrupted, thus

  • Aphasia is a common disorder resulting from a stroke that impairs a person’s ability to produce and understand language. Speech therapists often work with a person on verbal fluency and verbal memory skills. These elements are critical cognitive func

  • When someone has a stroke on the left side of their brain, they may have difficulty producing speech. This condition is known as Broca's aphasia. Many people encounter those with Broca's aphasia but do not understand what it is. In this blog post, we

  • Society requires us to have adequate ability to perform mathematical calculations. Life events, such as buying a home or even comparing prices of items within a store, require working knowledge of mathematics. In childhood, many children have difficu

  • Aerobic exercise has been studied extensively for its physical, mental, and cognitive health benefits. Of interest is how often physical therapists may prescribe an aerobic exercise regimen for their clients with neurological disorders. The utilizati

  • If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal aff

  • What exactly are memories? We all have them, but do we really know what memories truly are? This question has led to works of art, literature, and research in order to understand these illusive phenomenons. In everyday life, memories allow us to reme

  • Mary Ann has a voluminous amount of information to share for SLPs who work with TBI patients. In this mini segment, she discusses how and why she uses the home exercise feature of HappyNeuron Pro.

  • The term “cognitive flexibility” is often said to be an important part of understanding our thoughts and emotions, but what does it even mean? Simply put, it is a set of cognitive abilities including creativity, imagination, and curiosity, that work

  • SLPs are involved in the recovery process of clients with different medical conditions. In acquired brain injury through a motor vehicle accident, damage to the brain may result in trouble speaking due to physical injuries, difficulty swallowing, and

  • Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of brain injury in teens and adults. A common concern of patients who have experienced a brain injury is their ability to live independently. Part of being able to live independently involves being able to w

  • Aphasia commonly occurs after someone experiences a stroke. When a closed head injury occurs in the left hemisphere, a person may lose the ability to produce and understand language. Commonly, people think of aphasia as Broca’s aphasia, where a perso

  • Working memory is a complex cognitive function that consists of three skills: reordering, updating, and dual processing incoming information. Clinical providers and researchers are trying to better understand which working components of working memor

  • Working memory is a multifaceted cognitive function that allows us to retain and manipulate incoming information for a short period of time. We use working memory when we have to remember a phone number, follow a conversation with a friend, and when

  • Children with autism spectrum disorder may not get enough physical activity in their daily lives. Many physical activities that children at young ages engage in are team sports, such as soccer. Children with autism spectrum disorder may have difficul

  • With dyslexia being labeled as a learning disability, there are many misconceptions and myths about dyslexia. With recent research, there is more information and a better understanding of dyslexia than ever before! To better understand and help a lov

  • When we think of improving memory, we think of performing memorization exercises, digital cognitive therapy exercises, and working on memory worksheets for adults. However, there is more than practicing memorization strategies for improving memory, a

  • Nutrition is one of the most underlooked factors contributing to mental health well-being. Researchers are beginning to understand the role of the mind-gut connection, and how the food we eat affects our behavior. Nutrition interventions offer promis

  • Holidays may mean a break from formal therapy sessions, but you can help your clients build their language skills even over the holiday season. Here are 5 ways that SLPs can help their clients improve their language skills over the holiday.

  • Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a gradual loss of language ability associated with dementia. There are 3 variants of PPA that impact speech and language abilities differently. Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) may work with clients that ha

  • Language is one of the ways we communicate. It is one that when it is lost it is greatly missed. Kyra's background and work with executive function skills with the smart but struggling learner, has led her to a better understanding of the connection

  • Language is a complex cognitive skill that involves many regions of the brain. Stroke, brain injury, disease, developmental disabilities, and aging can cause people to lose their language abilities and not be able to communicate with others. In this

  • Language is a cognitive skill that we all use to communicate and interact with the world around us. Words are connected in meaningful patterns to form logical sentences or syntax. In this blog post, we outline the three components that makeup and exp

  • We use language every day to communicate thoughts, feelings, and ideas. When the ability to produce or comprehend language is lost, people find themselves not able to work, go to school, participate in social situations. This may also be an influe

  • Language is what helps us express ourselves and understand the world around us. When the language section of our brain gets injured, it can cause a lot of secondary problems. These difficulties can cause a person to feel frustrated and isolate themse

  • Language is a cognitive skill that binds people together. Language allows people to communicate complex thoughts and emotions with one another. While we often think of language as the words that come out of our mouths or the sentences we write on pap

  • What is Language? While many complex definitions exist, language is the way that people communicate. In a language, words are connected in meaningful patterns to form logical sentences (syntax). The smallest component of language is a morphe

  • You may notice that packaging and delivering information slightly differently to your child with ADHD can result in better outcomes. Giving instructions can be one of those moments. ADHD affects executive function skills specifically the ability to

  • All around the world, many college students encounter various social and academic problems. Among these problems is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Students who are diagnosed or experience ADHD symptoms may struggle with other menta

  • Society requires us to have adequate ability to perform mathematical calculations. Life events, such as buying a home or even comparing prices of items within a store, require working knowledge of mathematics. In childhood, many children have difficu

  • Many experts including Dr. William Dodson estimate that children with ADHD on average receive 20,000 more negative messages than other children. The importance of giving praise can’t be overestimated. Kids with ADHD need our feedback to be motivati

  • Natalie is back with some expert advice about how to work with patients who have both ADHD and a TBI. If you love this video you MUST check out her entire interview found in the expert interviews today!

  • Working memory is a complex cognitive function that consists of three skills: reordering, updating, and dual processing incoming information. Clinical providers and researchers are trying to better understand which working components of working memor

  • Children with autism spectrum disorder may not get enough physical activity in their daily lives. Many physical activities that children at young ages engage in are team sports, such as soccer. Children with autism spectrum disorder may have difficul

  • Brain injuries are complex injuries. Heather Condello and her team of occupational therapists at Complex Injury Rehab - The Brain, Spine & Mental Health Clinic understand that. Heather and Ayushi, one of Heather's skilled OTs, sit down with Dustin an

  • With dyslexia being labeled as a learning disability, there are many misconceptions and myths about dyslexia. With recent research, there is more information and a better understanding of dyslexia than ever before! To better understand and help a lov

  • Love is different for everyone, and yet it is something we all desire. Each person is different and unique in their own way. Sometimes it is easy to love someone, and other times it can be challenging. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the

  • Dyslexia is a lifelong learning disability. Often diagnosed in childhood, children with dyslexia have substantial difficulty with reading in comparison to their peers. In adulthood, these reading difficulties may persist. Little is known about how dy

  • Advocate and educator Dean Bragonier offer people his insight into Dyslexia in this Ted Talk. By explaining the history and understanding of the Dyslexia brain, Dean reframes a perceived weakness into the superpower of these individuals. This talk te

  • Dyslexia is classified as a learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to read, spell, write, and speak. It is often known for causing poor reading skills. A key sign of dyslexia is trouble decoding words (matching letters to sounds) an

  • Jessica McCabe is an adult who struggled with ADHD as a child into her adulthood. After battling the impacts of ADHD in her own life, she became an ADHD educator to help people living with ADHD as well as parents, friends, teachers, and other peers u

  • Learning fractions is an important mathematical skill. We use fractions in professions such as life sciences and auto-mechanics, as well as everyday life for quantifying parts of a whole. However, many elementary and middle school-aged children have

  • ADHD impacts people throughout their lifespan. For children, ADHD can cause a child to have difficulty focusing during class, keeping track of assignments and their due dates, blurt out responses to questions before they have been completed, and talk

  • Parents take their children for assessments when their child is thought to have a learning disability. Too often, children are diagnosed as "fine". This diagnosis is troubling as "fine" does not describe the cognitive complications a child may be exp

  • Administrating and supplying occupational therapy services within a school system is challenging. There are a lot of barriers to overcome that inhibit children from receiving proper care. With the advancement of technology, more and more children are

  • Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child. In this Ted Talk, she explains how her brain works. Her visual processing helps her solve problems that a neurotypical brain cannot. She explains why we need different types of thinkers and how to

  • This is a question that gets asked often.  These terms have felt for years to be interchangeable, but are they?  The answer to that is, no.  Referring to someone as “special needs, retarded, or slow” is no longer politically correct. The proper

  • Before diving deep into what is an intellectual disability, it is best to explain what it is not. Intellectual disabilities are not mental illnesses, like depression, there is no cure for intellectual disabilities and it is not contagious. An intelle

  • At the age of 25, Jac den Houting was diagnosed with autism. While many parents of children worry when their child is diagnosed with autism, Jac describes it as the best thing to ever happen to her. In this talk, Jac discusses how the concepts of neu

  • For years, caregivers and loved ones of someone with autism have been searching for an understanding as to why. Why does their child or loved why, function the way they do. Until recently, researchers and clinicians only had theories. With the advanc

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more than just a behavior problem. Research has unveiled that genetic, environmental, and neuropsychological factors impact behaviors associated with the disorder. Here are the 5 most important thing

  • What is Language? While many complex definitions exist, language is the way that people communicate. In a language, words are connected in meaningful patterns to form logical sentences (syntax). The smallest component of language is a morphe

  • For years, researchers and medical professionals have studied the outcomes of brain injury care in order to identify critical factors that influence a patient’s recovery. Two such factors that have been examined to contribute to this include race and

  • Addressing cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients is a common concern of activity directors, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other clinical professionals working with this patient demographic. Alzheimer’s

  • Hogeweyk, located in the Netherlands, is one of the few dementia care facilities in the world of its kind. Hogeweyk isn’t your typical hospital-style nursing home though. In fact, you wouldn’t even know it was a hospital by the looks of it. Focused o

  • Humans need regular social interaction. With older populations, the risk of isolation increases as older adults tend to develop physical disabilities and cognitive impairment. Not being able to have regular social interactions can cause older adults

  • Preventative health involves manageable changes that people can implement into their everyday lives. Some ways people can actively prevent Alzheimer’s disease include proper sleep hygiene, getting enough physical activity, and eating a diet that is r

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurological disease that occurs when plaques build up within the brain tissue. As the disease progresses, cognitive function declines. While SLPs are traditionally thought to work with only speech and language,

  • Occupational therapists are instrumental in the care of people living with dementia.Occupational therapists have a holistic understanding of how cognitive functioning impacts activities of daily living. They can provide cognitive stimulation therapy

  • Many people, including therapists, know or will know someone who develops dementia. For people whose parents and grandparents have developed dementia, finding care options is very difficult as people want to ensure that their loved ones have the best

  • Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a gradual loss of language ability associated with dementia. There are 3 variants of PPA that impact speech and language abilities differently. Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) may work with clients that ha

  • For years, researchers and medical professionals have studied the outcomes of brain injury care in order to identify critical factors that influence a patient’s recovery. Two such factors that have been examined to contribute to this include race and

  • TBI stands for traumatic brain injury, and occurs when one experiences damage to the brain. This type of damage is specific, and creates a disruption in the functioning of the brain. Not all injuries to the head are TBIs, but all TBIs are severe inju

  • Many survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often deal with feelings of anger and irritability after their injury. For some, these feelings of anger can range from mild to severe, and have been studied across different samples of people. Post-tr

  • Processing speed deficits are among the most common cognitive deficits patients with stroke experience, along with deficits in attention and executive functioning. Processing speed has been found to be clinically significant, as people with stroke co

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to diminished cognitive functioning in later age. It is in between a normal cognitive functioning and that lowered cognitive functions such as the kind seen in people with dementia. Mild cognitive impairment aff

  • Aerobic exercise has been studied extensively for its physical, mental, and cognitive health benefits. Of interest is how often physical therapists may prescribe an aerobic exercise regimen for their clients with neurological disorders. The utilizati

  • Many people have known someone who has or has personally experienced a concussion. Concussions are prevalent, but people often do not know what exactly they are. In this blog post, we discuss what concussions are and what can be done about them.

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may sometimes have an unexpected positive impact on one's life. More often than not, TBIs interrupt or inhibit hobbies or lifestyles people once enjoyed. However, brain injury recovery involves the rewiring of one’s pr

  • SLPs are involved in the recovery process of clients with different medical conditions. In acquired brain injury through a motor vehicle accident, damage to the brain may result in trouble speaking due to physical injuries, difficulty swallowing, and

  • Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of brain injury in teens and adults. A common concern of patients who have experienced a brain injury is their ability to live independently. Part of being able to live independently involves being able to w

  • Experiencing a stroke is a major life event. A stroke may cause someone to lose cognitive and physical abilities, such as not being able to communicate or use one side of their body. Depending on where the lesion occurs, some people may experience th

  • Adults are able to utter about 120 words per minute and may make a speech error once out of every thousand words. If an adult experiences a stroke, they may develop a condition known as aphasia, which greatly reduces their ability to produce and unde

  • Aphasia commonly occurs after someone experiences a stroke. When a closed head injury occurs in the left hemisphere, a person may lose the ability to produce and understand language. Commonly, people think of aphasia as Broca’s aphasia, where a perso

  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada. People who have experienced a stroke often experience cognitive complications, such as impaired memory and language abilities. Stroke rehabilitation often involves the remediati

  • Natalie is back with some expert advice about how to work with patients who have both ADHD and a TBI. If you love this video you MUST check out her entire interview found in the expert interviews today!

  • Brain injuries are complex injuries. Heather Condello and her team of occupational therapists at Complex Injury Rehab - The Brain, Spine & Mental Health Clinic understand that. Heather and Ayushi, one of Heather's skilled OTs, sit down with Dustin an

  • The day has finally arrived. This interview with Natalie is AMAZING! If you work in cognitive rehabilitation from TBIs this is a video you most definitely should like. Natalie Mackenzie has been working in Cognitive Rehabilitation since 2004. She ho

  • Dr. Taher Chugh treats post-concussion care like he would be training an athlete. He approaches them from a holistic approach and has found remarkable similarities as elite athletes. He uses HappyNeuron Pro as part of his treatment. He explains how h

  • Dr. Amen discusses the importance of brain scans in medical practice. Many clinical providers do not get a chance to look at their client’s brains, which can greatly impact diagnoses and treatment plans. Dr. Amen shares the importance of “how do you

  • This will be the best, most informative 35 minutes of your day. Concussions are more frequent than many people realize. Kyra's 25 years working with TBI has allowed her to experience many different severities and types of concussions. She is well inf

  • Occupational therapists are on the front lines working with brain injury. Difficulties OTs face with patients with brain injury include not only the physical challenges related to brain injury but cognitive. Occupational therapists can help patients

  • Social media offers an opportunity for people to connect with one another. On Facebook, people can find ‘groups’ devoted to special interests, causes, and hobbies. For people with brain injury, social media can provide a space for patients to connect

  • While exercising regularly promotes physical health, exercising may also provide cognitive benefits. Specifically, attention has been drawn to the potential clinical implications of moderate-intensity exercise for rehabilitation, physical, and mental

  • Professional athletes and everyday people are susceptible to brain injury. What is important for both patients with brain injury and clinical providers working with clients with brain injury is to know that no two brain injuries are alike. Learning h

  • While smartphones get a bad reputation from being disruptive in many situations, smartphones can prove to be useful assistive devices for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here is a list of the 5 key features of smartphones and how these feat

  • If you search on the internet, you can find a wealth of information regarding the use and effectiveness of telepractice for a variety of medical conditions. Telepractice is of particular interest for people living with brain injury. A large number o

  • Concussions impact all aspects of a child’s life. Kyra’s background in neurotrauma has set her apart in her field. Kyra explains how and why she cares about educating people about concussions. Concussions do impact a child’s ability to learn and Kyr

  • Many people living with brain injury ask “will anyone date me after I have had a brain injury”? The answer is yes. While dating with brain injury is a little known topic, more people are sharing their stories of finding love after brain injury. Peopl

  • Speech-language pathologists (SLP’s) play a huge role in stroke rehabilitation. Strokes often cause aphasia. Aphasia can present as a loss of language or as having difficulty comprehending speech. SLP’s may help patients with stroke not only speak bu

  • Every two seconds, someone in the world has a stroke. Strokes are extremely common, one out of every six people will have one, but what exactly happens? We love this talk because Dr. Vaibhav Goswami explains so clearly what happens and explains what

  • Strokes (or cerebrovascular accidents) are life-changing for people of all ages. While physical changes are common, cognitive changes can occur and impact independence causing people to need support services. Here are 4 important cognitive changes th

  • Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's unique research and medical background makes her Tedtalk extremely insightful.  Before she experienced her stroke she was working in a lab that was focused on mapping out the brain. Their goal was to figure out which cells com

  • Brain-injury causes not only cognitive and physical disturbance, but emotional. Many patients suffer from depression, with a report of approximately 42-52% of patients within a year post-injury. 49% of people suffering from a brain injury develop dep

  • Aphasia is a loss of language, not a loss of intellect. Over 2 million Americans are living with aphasia as a result of a stroke, brain injury, or neurodegenerative disease. In this video, you can learn about the different kinds of aphasia and how

  • If you answered no, then you may want to consider doing so to help you and your patient with aphasia get the most out of therapy. Why? It has been scientifically proven that treatment intensity and duration are the key ingredients to improving c

  • Aphasia commonly occurs after someone experiences a stroke. When a closed head injury occurs in the left hemisphere, a person may lose the ability to produce and understand language. Commonly, people think of aphasia as Broca’s aphasia, where a perso

  • Aphasia is a devastating result of a stroke that can impair a person’s ability to produce and understand language. Aphasia is life-changing, and routine tasks become challenging. Communication is a socially dependent skill and relies heavily on the l

  • Did you know that damage to a person’s left hemisphere can change how they make coffee? Damage to the left hemisphere can cause a person to forget how to use a coffee machine, or even pick up a coffee cup. This cognitive problem is called apraxia.

  • Speech-language pathologists (SLP’s) play a huge role in stroke rehabilitation. Strokes often cause aphasia. Aphasia can present as a loss of language or as having difficulty comprehending speech. SLP’s may help patients with stroke not only speak bu

  • Language is one of the ways we communicate. It is one that when it is lost it is greatly missed. Kyra's background and work with executive function skills with the smart but struggling learner, has led her to a better understanding of the connection

  • Adults are able to utter about 120 words per minute and may make a speech error once out of every thousand words. If an adult experiences a stroke, they may develop a condition known as aphasia, which greatly reduces their ability to produce and unde

  • Aphasia is a condition that reflects the loss of language. Depending on the nature of aphasia, a person may have trouble producing and/or understanding language. Some people with aphasia may not understand spoken language but are able to understand w

  • Experiencing a stroke can result in many different kinds of cognitive conditions. The most well-known condition resulting from a stroke is called aphasia. Aphasia is the loss of language. Aphasia is a condition that can cause someone to not be able

  • When someone has a stroke on the left side of their brain, they may have difficulty producing speech. This condition is known as Broca's aphasia. Many people encounter those with Broca's aphasia but do not understand what it is. In this blog post, we

  • Aphasia is a common disorder resulting from a stroke that impairs a person’s ability to produce and understand language. Speech therapists often work with a person on verbal fluency and verbal memory skills. These elements are critical cognitive func

  • Schizophrenia causes cognitive problems including impaired attention, processing speed, working memory, language, reasoning, and social cognition. Apart from having a difficult time recognizing emotions in other people and responding appropriately, i

  • All around America, many individuals work through mental illness everyday. The National Institute of Mental Health stated that in 2019, around 20% of Americans dealt with mental illness. This equates to roughly 1 in 5 Americans, or 69.5 million peopl

  • We have all experienced depression at some point in our lives. Depression is the “common cold” of mental illnesses, as many people experience depression for various reasons. Depression can be caused by experiencing challenging situations inherited th

  • We know that mental health plays an important role in our physical and cognitive health in the present, but it also may impact us later in life. Depression is a common psychological disorder that everyone will experience at some point in their lifeti

  • Psychosis is a debilitating psychological condition that causes an individual to experience psychotic thinking patterns, sense things that are not in their present environment, and experience cognitive complications. Many factors are suspected of con

  • Schizophrenia has negative symptoms that affect a person's ability to think, feel, and act. To clarify, negative symptoms do not automatically mean "bad". While they might not be desirable, negative in this context means an absence of something. This

  • Schizophrenia is a complex psychological disorder. People with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, abnormal motor skills, affective symptoms, and cognitive impairment. Schizophrenia can be debilitating, causin

  • If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal aff

  • Experiencing a stroke is a major life event. A stroke may cause someone to lose cognitive and physical abilities, such as not being able to communicate or use one side of their body. Depending on where the lesion occurs, some people may experience th

  • Professor Seligman has been teaching and studying psychology for many years. This Ted-talk is insightful and informative to anyone who wants to involve positive psychology in their practice. 

  • Mindfulness practices are those that help you find yourself within a present moment, experiencing the moment without judgment. Some people describe practicing mindfulness as a way to observe oneself in the present moment. Because hustle and bustle ar

  • Did you know that education may protect against memory impairment related to depression in older women? One study in Korea by Lee, Park, & Chey (2018) studied 29 women with less than 6 years of formal education and 49 women with more than 6 years

  • When people are depressed, many seek psychotherapy to work on the emotional symptoms and ailments from their depression. However, people with depression also experience cognitive problems. Common cognitive problems resulting from depression include d

  • Depression impacts individuals not only emotionally, but cognitively. Research has shown that people living with depression experience cognitive deficits. They may suffer with executive functioning, memory, attention, and processing speed deficits th

  • Over the last decade, positive psychology has been given more attention for its practices that may be therapeutically beneficial in ameliorating depression. One such practice is mindfulness. Mindfulness practices involve helping the client focus on t

  • Cognitive remediation therapy is a form of therapy that combines the practice of cognitive skills using digital cognitive therapy tools with hands-on practice that helps the client transfer practiced cognitive skills to the real world. Cognitive reme

  • Social connection is a human need. Many people struggle with social connection and are at risk of isolation. Social connection can decrease anxiety and depression, as well as foster improved physical and mental health for people. Dr. Ruddock discusse

  • Many children and adolescents experience depression. Symptoms of depression in children and adolescents include behavioral problems in school, changes in eating and sleeping habits, irritability, and lacking interest in things that typically bring jo

  • Both men and women will experience depression at some point in their lifetime, but men experience depression differently than what is included in the current diagnostic criteria. In this blog post, we discuss 5 things that you may not know about depr

  • Depression during the cold winter months is common for northern countries, particularly in the northern United States and Canada. Clinically, low vitamin D levels have been linked to depression. Researchers have found that vitamin D supplementation m

  • Depression has many factors, but like other cognitive remediation therapists, Gregg is battling it with simple tools and techniques. Gregg explains how cognitive therapy can help and how he uses it to help his patients battle depression.

  • Depression impacts cognitive function. Studies show that patients suffering from depression exhibit have difficulties with making, using, and storing memories. Studies show that cognitive training can help remediate some of the side effects of depres

  • Cognitive rehabilitation programs, such as the NEAR program are being used all around the world. Check out how Debra Bushong, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is using HappyNeuron Pro within her psychosis treatment research.

  • Mental illness sucks. Even The New York Times  says so. Depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders can greatly impact someone's ability to work. According to NAMI, 46 million Americans have more than just a case of the "Mondays" when it c

  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to better tackle depression?  Two articles entitled "What can you do when you're flattened by depression? plan for it" and "What to do when a relationship's over - but your feelings aren't", both on We Humans by TED

  • Brain-injury causes not only cognitive and physical disturbance, but emotional. Many patients suffer from depression, with a report of approximately 42-52% of patients within a year post-injury. 49% of people suffering from a brain injury develop dep

  • Aphasia is a condition that reflects the loss of language. Depending on the nature of aphasia, a person may have trouble producing and/or understanding language. Some people with aphasia may not understand spoken language but are able to understand w

  • You may notice that packaging and delivering information slightly differently to your child with ADHD can result in better outcomes. Giving instructions can be one of those moments. ADHD affects executive function skills specifically the ability to

  • Schizophrenia causes cognitive problems including impaired attention, processing speed, working memory, language, reasoning, and social cognition. Apart from having a difficult time recognizing emotions in other people and responding appropriately, i

  • For years, researchers and medical professionals have studied the outcomes of brain injury care in order to identify critical factors that influence a patient’s recovery. Two such factors that have been examined to contribute to this include race and

  • For many patients with cancer or are in remission, cognitive impairment is frequently a complaint. In a national cross sectional study, it was reported that a history of cancer was associated with a 40% chance of an increased amount of memory issues.

  • TBI stands for traumatic brain injury, and occurs when one experiences damage to the brain. This type of damage is specific, and creates a disruption in the functioning of the brain. Not all injuries to the head are TBIs, but all TBIs are severe inju

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be very detrimental to one’s health and wellbeing. Brain injury commonly causes individuals to have cognitive, mental health, and physical complications. TBIs can be caused by contact sports injuries, motor vehicle

  • Many survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often deal with feelings of anger and irritability after their injury. For some, these feelings of anger can range from mild to severe, and have been studied across different samples of people. Post-tr

  • All around the world, many college students encounter various social and academic problems. Among these problems is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Students who are diagnosed or experience ADHD symptoms may struggle with other menta

  • For years, researchers and medical professionals have studied the outcomes of brain injury care in order to identify critical factors that influence a patient’s recovery. Two such factors that have been examined to contribute to this include race and

  • Aphasia is a common disorder resulting from a stroke that impairs a person’s ability to produce and understand language. Speech therapists often work with a person on verbal fluency and verbal memory skills. These elements are critical cognitive func

  • When someone has a stroke on the left side of their brain, they may have difficulty producing speech. This condition is known as Broca's aphasia. Many people encounter those with Broca's aphasia but do not understand what it is. In this blog post, we

  • All around America, many individuals work through mental illness everyday. The National Institute of Mental Health stated that in 2019, around 20% of Americans dealt with mental illness. This equates to roughly 1 in 5 Americans, or 69.5 million peopl

  • Processing speed deficits are among the most common cognitive deficits patients with stroke experience, along with deficits in attention and executive functioning. Processing speed has been found to be clinically significant, as people with stroke co

  • Often when we think of cognitive dysfunction, we do not imagine our cute pets at home. However, our furry friends may suffer from canine cognitive dysfunction, or CCD, similar to dementia. Similar to dementia, there is no known cure; but there are wa

  • You may be reading a tweet and catch a typo that you want to correct, walk past a pond and see a goldfish from under the water, or do a double-take when something catches your eye from your peripheral vision. These actions are driven by visual attent

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to diminished cognitive functioning in later age. It is in between a normal cognitive functioning and that lowered cognitive functions such as the kind seen in people with dementia. Mild cognitive impairment aff

  • Aerobic exercise has been studied extensively for its physical, mental, and cognitive health benefits. Of interest is how often physical therapists may prescribe an aerobic exercise regimen for their clients with neurological disorders. The utilizati

  • We have all experienced depression at some point in our lives. Depression is the “common cold” of mental illnesses, as many people experience depression for various reasons. Depression can be caused by experiencing challenging situations inherited th

  • We know that mental health plays an important role in our physical and cognitive health in the present, but it also may impact us later in life. Depression is a common psychological disorder that everyone will experience at some point in their lifeti

  • Many people have known someone who has or has personally experienced a concussion. Concussions are prevalent, but people often do not know what exactly they are. In this blog post, we discuss what concussions are and what can be done about them.

  • Psychosis is a debilitating psychological condition that causes an individual to experience psychotic thinking patterns, sense things that are not in their present environment, and experience cognitive complications. Many factors are suspected of con

  • Schizophrenia has negative symptoms that affect a person's ability to think, feel, and act. To clarify, negative symptoms do not automatically mean "bad". While they might not be desirable, negative in this context means an absence of something. This

  • Schizophrenia is a complex psychological disorder. People with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, abnormal motor skills, affective symptoms, and cognitive impairment. Schizophrenia can be debilitating, causin

  • If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal aff

  • If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal aff

  • Many experts including Dr. William Dodson estimate that children with ADHD on average receive 20,000 more negative messages than other children. The importance of giving praise can’t be overestimated. Kids with ADHD need our feedback to be motivati

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may sometimes have an unexpected positive impact on one's life. More often than not, TBIs interrupt or inhibit hobbies or lifestyles people once enjoyed. However, brain injury recovery involves the rewiring of one’s pr

  • Many people hear the word Neurotherapy but have no idea what exactly it is. In this blog post, we discuss what Neurotherapy is and why it may interest you.

  • The term “cognitive flexibility” is often said to be an important part of understanding our thoughts and emotions, but what does it even mean? Simply put, it is a set of cognitive abilities including creativity, imagination, and curiosity, that work

  • One of the most spellbinding mysteries in psychology and neuroscience is the origin of fear. Fear is an essential emotion that is used to protect ourselves from implicit and explicit danger. For example, we may have an uneasy feeling about a situatio

  • With October 31st creeping up, we see more and more Halloween décor. Not only are people decorating with carved pumpkins and silly or spooky ghosts, but they are also putting up spiderwebs. Between real and decorative spiderwebs, webs seem to always

  • SLPs are involved in the recovery process of clients with different medical conditions. In acquired brain injury through a motor vehicle accident, damage to the brain may result in trouble speaking due to physical injuries, difficulty swallowing, and

  • Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of brain injury in teens and adults. A common concern of patients who have experienced a brain injury is their ability to live independently. Part of being able to live independently involves being able to w

  • Experiencing a stroke is a major life event. A stroke may cause someone to lose cognitive and physical abilities, such as not being able to communicate or use one side of their body. Depending on where the lesion occurs, some people may experience th

  • Adults are able to utter about 120 words per minute and may make a speech error once out of every thousand words. If an adult experiences a stroke, they may develop a condition known as aphasia, which greatly reduces their ability to produce and unde

  • Aphasia commonly occurs after someone experiences a stroke. When a closed head injury occurs in the left hemisphere, a person may lose the ability to produce and understand language. Commonly, people think of aphasia as Broca’s aphasia, where a perso

  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada. People who have experienced a stroke often experience cognitive complications, such as impaired memory and language abilities. Stroke rehabilitation often involves the remediati

  • Natalie is back with some expert advice about how to work with patients who have both ADHD and a TBI. If you love this video you MUST check out her entire interview found in the expert interviews today!

  • Working memory is a complex cognitive function that consists of three skills: reordering, updating, and dual processing incoming information. Clinical providers and researchers are trying to better understand which working components of working memor

  • Children with autism spectrum disorder may not get enough physical activity in their daily lives. Many physical activities that children at young ages engage in are team sports, such as soccer. Children with autism spectrum disorder may have difficul

  • Brain injuries are complex injuries. Heather Condello and her team of occupational therapists at Complex Injury Rehab - The Brain, Spine & Mental Health Clinic understand that. Heather and Ayushi, one of Heather's skilled OTs, sit down with Dustin an

  • The day has finally arrived. This interview with Natalie is AMAZING! If you work in cognitive rehabilitation from TBIs this is a video you most definitely should like. Natalie Mackenzie has been working in Cognitive Rehabilitation since 2004. She ho

  • With dyslexia being labeled as a learning disability, there are many misconceptions and myths about dyslexia. With recent research, there is more information and a better understanding of dyslexia than ever before! To better understand and help a lov

  • Love is different for everyone, and yet it is something we all desire. Each person is different and unique in their own way. Sometimes it is easy to love someone, and other times it can be challenging. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the

  • Reading is a complex cognitive process that involves a network of connections throughout the entire brain. Oftentimes, educators overlook the neurobiology of cognitive skills required for activities such as reading. Understanding the neurobiology of

  • Dyslexia is a lifelong learning disability. Often diagnosed in childhood, children with dyslexia have substantial difficulty with reading in comparison to their peers. In adulthood, these reading difficulties may persist. Little is known about how dy

  • Advocate and educator Dean Bragonier offer people his insight into Dyslexia in this Ted Talk. By explaining the history and understanding of the Dyslexia brain, Dean reframes a perceived weakness into the superpower of these individuals. This talk te

  • Dyslexia is classified as a learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to read, spell, write, and speak. It is often known for causing poor reading skills. A key sign of dyslexia is trouble decoding words (matching letters to sounds) an

  • Our brains are made of billions of cells. During development, stem cells receive signals from the outside environment that determine which kind of cell it will become within our brains. Sometimes, stem cells develop into neurons through a process cal

  • Jessica McCabe is an adult who struggled with ADHD as a child into her adulthood. After battling the impacts of ADHD in her own life, she became an ADHD educator to help people living with ADHD as well as parents, friends, teachers, and other peers u

  • Learning fractions is an important mathematical skill. We use fractions in professions such as life sciences and auto-mechanics, as well as everyday life for quantifying parts of a whole. However, many elementary and middle school-aged children have

  • ADHD impacts people throughout their lifespan. For children, ADHD can cause a child to have difficulty focusing during class, keeping track of assignments and their due dates, blurt out responses to questions before they have been completed, and talk

  • Addressing cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients is a common concern of activity directors, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other clinical professionals working with this patient demographic. Alzheimer’s

  • Professor Seligman has been teaching and studying psychology for many years. This Ted-talk is insightful and informative to anyone who wants to involve positive psychology in their practice. 

  • Mindfulness practices are those that help you find yourself within a present moment, experiencing the moment without judgment. Some people describe practicing mindfulness as a way to observe oneself in the present moment. Because hustle and bustle ar

  • Did you know that education may protect against memory impairment related to depression in older women? One study in Korea by Lee, Park, & Chey (2018) studied 29 women with less than 6 years of formal education and 49 women with more than 6 years

  • When people are depressed, many seek psychotherapy to work on the emotional symptoms and ailments from their depression. However, people with depression also experience cognitive problems. Common cognitive problems resulting from depression include d

  • Depression impacts individuals not only emotionally, but cognitively. Research has shown that people living with depression experience cognitive deficits. They may suffer with executive functioning, memory, attention, and processing speed deficits th

  • Over the last decade, positive psychology has been given more attention for its practices that may be therapeutically beneficial in ameliorating depression. One such practice is mindfulness. Mindfulness practices involve helping the client focus on t

  • Nutrition is one of the most underlooked factors contributing to mental health well-being. Researchers are beginning to understand the role of the mind-gut connection, and how the food we eat affects our behavior. Nutrition interventions offer promis

  • Cognitive remediation therapy is a form of therapy that combines the practice of cognitive skills using digital cognitive therapy tools with hands-on practice that helps the client transfer practiced cognitive skills to the real world. Cognitive reme

  • Social connection is a human need. Many people struggle with social connection and are at risk of isolation. Social connection can decrease anxiety and depression, as well as foster improved physical and mental health for people. Dr. Ruddock discusse

  • Many children and adolescents experience depression. Symptoms of depression in children and adolescents include behavioral problems in school, changes in eating and sleeping habits, irritability, and lacking interest in things that typically bring jo

  • Both men and women will experience depression at some point in their lifetime, but men experience depression differently than what is included in the current diagnostic criteria. In this blog post, we discuss 5 things that you may not know about depr

  • Depression during the cold winter months is common for northern countries, particularly in the northern United States and Canada. Clinically, low vitamin D levels have been linked to depression. Researchers have found that vitamin D supplementation m

  • Dr. Taher Chugh treats post-concussion care like he would be training an athlete. He approaches them from a holistic approach and has found remarkable similarities as elite athletes. He uses HappyNeuron Pro as part of his treatment. He explains how h

  • Depression has many factors, but like other cognitive remediation therapists, Gregg is battling it with simple tools and techniques. Gregg explains how cognitive therapy can help and how he uses it to help his patients battle depression.

  • Hogeweyk, located in the Netherlands, is one of the few dementia care facilities in the world of its kind. Hogeweyk isn’t your typical hospital-style nursing home though. In fact, you wouldn’t even know it was a hospital by the looks of it. Focused o

  • Humans need regular social interaction. With older populations, the risk of isolation increases as older adults tend to develop physical disabilities and cognitive impairment. Not being able to have regular social interactions can cause older adults

  • Preventative health involves manageable changes that people can implement into their everyday lives. Some ways people can actively prevent Alzheimer’s disease include proper sleep hygiene, getting enough physical activity, and eating a diet that is r

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurological disease that occurs when plaques build up within the brain tissue. As the disease progresses, cognitive function declines. While SLPs are traditionally thought to work with only speech and language,

  • Occupational therapists are instrumental in the care of people living with dementia.Occupational therapists have a holistic understanding of how cognitive functioning impacts activities of daily living. They can provide cognitive stimulation therapy

  • Many people, including therapists, know or will know someone who develops dementia. For people whose parents and grandparents have developed dementia, finding care options is very difficult as people want to ensure that their loved ones have the best

  • Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a gradual loss of language ability associated with dementia. There are 3 variants of PPA that impact speech and language abilities differently. Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) may work with clients that ha

  • Language is one of the ways we communicate. It is one that when it is lost it is greatly missed. Kyra's background and work with executive function skills with the smart but struggling learner, has led her to a better understanding of the connection

  • Dr. Amen discusses the importance of brain scans in medical practice. Many clinical providers do not get a chance to look at their client’s brains, which can greatly impact diagnoses and treatment plans. Dr. Amen shares the importance of “how do you

  • This will be the best, most informative 35 minutes of your day. Concussions are more frequent than many people realize. Kyra's 25 years working with TBI has allowed her to experience many different severities and types of concussions. She is well inf

  • Occupational therapists are on the front lines working with brain injury. Difficulties OTs face with patients with brain injury include not only the physical challenges related to brain injury but cognitive. Occupational therapists can help patients

  • Social media offers an opportunity for people to connect with one another. On Facebook, people can find ‘groups’ devoted to special interests, causes, and hobbies. For people with brain injury, social media can provide a space for patients to connect

  • While exercising regularly promotes physical health, exercising may also provide cognitive benefits. Specifically, attention has been drawn to the potential clinical implications of moderate-intensity exercise for rehabilitation, physical, and mental

  • Professional athletes and everyday people are susceptible to brain injury. What is important for both patients with brain injury and clinical providers working with clients with brain injury is to know that no two brain injuries are alike. Learning h

  • If you answered no, then you may want to consider doing so to help you and your patient with aphasia get the most out of therapy. Why? It has been scientifically proven that treatment intensity and duration are the key ingredients to improving c

  • Depression impacts cognitive function. Studies show that patients suffering from depression exhibit have difficulties with making, using, and storing memories. Studies show that cognitive training can help remediate some of the side effects of depres

  • Cognitive rehabilitation programs, such as the NEAR program are being used all around the world. Check out how Debra Bushong, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is using HappyNeuron Pro within her psychosis treatment research.

  • Did you know that damage to a person’s left hemisphere can change how they make coffee? Damage to the left hemisphere can cause a person to forget how to use a coffee machine, or even pick up a coffee cup. This cognitive problem is called apraxia.

  • While smartphones get a bad reputation from being disruptive in many situations, smartphones can prove to be useful assistive devices for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here is a list of the 5 key features of smartphones and how these feat

  • If you search on the internet, you can find a wealth of information regarding the use and effectiveness of telepractice for a variety of medical conditions. Telepractice is of particular interest for people living with brain injury. A large number o

  • Concussions impact all aspects of a child’s life. Kyra’s background in neurotrauma has set her apart in her field. Kyra explains how and why she cares about educating people about concussions. Concussions do impact a child’s ability to learn and Kyr

  • Many people living with brain injury ask “will anyone date me after I have had a brain injury”? The answer is yes. While dating with brain injury is a little known topic, more people are sharing their stories of finding love after brain injury. Peopl

  • Aphasia is a loss of language, not a loss of intellect. Over 2 million Americans are living with aphasia as a result of a stroke, brain injury, or neurodegenerative disease. In this video, you can learn about the different kinds of aphasia and how

  • Experiencing a stroke can result in many different kinds of cognitive conditions. The most well-known condition resulting from a stroke is called aphasia. Aphasia is the loss of language. Aphasia is a condition that can cause someone to not be able

  • Speech-language pathologists (SLP’s) play a huge role in stroke rehabilitation. Strokes often cause aphasia. Aphasia can present as a loss of language or as having difficulty comprehending speech. SLP’s may help patients with stroke not only speak bu

  • Every two seconds, someone in the world has a stroke. Strokes are extremely common, one out of every six people will have one, but what exactly happens? We love this talk because Dr. Vaibhav Goswami explains so clearly what happens and explains what

  • Aphasia is a devastating result of a stroke that can impair a person’s ability to produce and understand language. Aphasia is life-changing, and routine tasks become challenging. Communication is a socially dependent skill and relies heavily on the l

  • Strokes (or cerebrovascular accidents) are life-changing for people of all ages. While physical changes are common, cognitive changes can occur and impact independence causing people to need support services. Here are 4 important cognitive changes th

  • Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's unique research and medical background makes her Tedtalk extremely insightful.  Before she experienced her stroke she was working in a lab that was focused on mapping out the brain. Their goal was to figure out which cells com

  • Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child. In this Ted Talk, she explains how her brain works. Her visual processing helps her solve problems that a neurotypical brain cannot. She explains why we need different types of thinkers and how to