People often ask, "What is CRT?"

 

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) provides treatment that addresses the cognitive issues that can arise after a brain injury.  For people with a brain injury and their families, cognitive issues can be the biggest barrier to returning to a functional quality of life. These difficulties can involve memory, attention, social behavior, safety judgment, problem solving, sequencing, and planning/organizing…just to name a few. They affect a person’s ability to care for himself/herself, keep appointments, complete tasks, or interact with people in a social, meaningful way. At stake is the person’s ability to succeed at work, school, or home. Without treatment for cognitive issues, the long-term effects can be overwhelming

In CRT, a person learns about his or her cognitive weaknesses and strengths, and becomes more aware of how cognitive changes can effect daily functioning. Individuals retrain and practice cognitive skills such as memory, processing, organization, sequencing, problem solving, etc.  They work with their therapist to develop compensatory and restorative strategies and apply these skills to their everyday life.  Here’s a look inside an individual applying just this…

Hello my name is Rob L, and I have a traumatic brain injury.  Through the years of rehabilitation, I've found that Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) has been most helpful. CRT has taught how my brain injury has impacted my life.

CRT has helped with such things as organization, memory recall, as well as learning how to verbalize and socialize with other people (which has now become second nature).  For example, I worked on developing a plan/strategy to clean my apartment in stages, which meant breaking down ideas into step by step tasks so as not to overwhelm myself.  I also worked on developing a structured, daily routine to help organize my day.  I wrote a story of my life that required me to work on memory recall. I also learned how to hold myself accountable for choices that I make through working on problem solving strategies.

For me, an important part of CRT is the trust I’ve developed and maintained with my therapist.  That trust enabled me to become more comfortable with myself and to understand and accept my anxiety and depression.  I never thought that there could be strategies to help distract me from dwelling on the negative aspects of my life, but thanks to CRT so much has been learned and gained to better my life.

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