Time and time again, we are reminded it is important to take time to get outside. Not only is spending time good for maintaining physical health, but it is highly beneficial for cognitive health. The great news is that these benefits of connecting with nature can be harnessed in many free or low cost ways. In this blog post, we discuss the cognitive benefits of interacting with nature and share some ways that you and your client can connect with nature individually or together.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about new challenges across all components of the medical field. Clinical providers are learning about how COVID-19 has impacted the brain in survivors. Severe cases of COVID-19 have resulted in neuropsychological impairments. A study by Jawant et. al (2021) studied 57 recovered patients from a New York City hospital. In this blog post, we elaborate on the study and what researchers have uncovered in regards to the impact of COVID-19 on cognitive functioning.

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 loved one or student with dyslexia, here are 7 common myths about dyslexia.

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 reading will allow professionals to better determine what kinds of interventions may be most effective for a person struggling with reading. In this blog post, we discuss the neurobiology of reading and what it means for working with someone that has dyslexia.

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 dyslexia impacts people in post-secondary education, particularly in regards to learning strategies and study approaches. In this blog post, we discuss how dyslexia affects learning strategies and study approaches in post-secondary education.

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 difficulty understanding and manipulating fractions. In this blog post, we discuss why fractions are difficult to learn for many children, why children with math disabilities struggle to learn fractions in comparison to peers, and what interventions can be done to help children be able to grasp and manipulate fraction quantities.

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 disease is caused by the build of tiny plaques throughout the brain tissue, causing the brain tissue to not receive nutrients and oxygen thus leading to cell and tissue death. Cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients is first seen in episodic memory, followed by declarative and procedural memory, and later on key executive functions such as attention. Literature has shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease do have some cognitive reserve capacity. Because Alzheimer’s patients do have cognitive reserve capacity, utilizing non-pharmacological ways to improve cognitive functioning such as cognitive training are of interest as elderly clients tend to favor these kinds of interventions as there are no adverse side effects and they are relatively cost-effective.

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 difficulty paying attention, poor memory, and becoming easily distracted. These cognitive problems may interfere with activities of daily life, such as performing at work, which can cause a person to enter a negative cycle as a result of the impact of the cognitive problems on their daily life. People working with clients battling depression may want to treat cognition as part of their client’s depression therapy. In this blog post, we discuss why you should treat cognition as part of depression therapy for your clients.

Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) is a therapeutic intervention technique that combines computerized cognitive training with real-world activities that challenge clients to apply practiced cognitive skills. Commonly used for remediating cognitive impairment for people diagnosed with schizophrenia or major depressive disorder (MDD), cognitive remediation therapy can be used to help a multitude of clinical populations including stroke, traumatic brain injury, learning disability, and for both healthy and abnormal aging populations. Cognitive remediation therapy is composed of three main components: computerized cognitive training, strategy monitoring, and bridging. In this blog post, we discuss these three pillars of cognitive remediation therapy.