Headway Swindon & District provides a safe, relaxed environment for adults who have experienced a brain injury. Our aim is to enable and support people to reach their potential by the use of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT).
What is Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy?
Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy is the process of relearning cognitive skills that have been affected as a result of damage to the brain.
There are four areas of CRT that we cover at Headway:
Process Training – involves pen and paper exercises in which the brain is stimulated (exercises). This approach will identify the deficits of cognition; exercises are then used to improve the specific difficulty.
Strategy Training – is vital in the approach to improving cognition. This training uses internal and external strategies to compensate for the difficulties a person experiences e.g. mobile phones, note pads mnemonics and visualisation.
Education – around brain injury and the effects will develop and awareness of the specific problems being experienced.
Functional Activities Training – this involves applying all three areas in everyday life.
How will this help?
We aim to establish new patterns of cognitive behaviour or compensate for lost or damaged patterns. Headway Swindon & District aim to tailor the programme to each individual to reach their own personal potential.
This will involve a period of assessment in order to establish the correct goals and outcomes. This will be assessed on a regular basis in order that we maximise the benefits of the therapy.
The use of CRT will enhance the competence of experiencing real life situations. Allow individuals to increase their self esteem and confidence in themselves. Provide a support network, signposting, information and emotional support through their peers and professional staff.
What else do we offer?
- Specialist computer software.
- Speech and Language sessions.
- Singing as therapy.
- Cooking groups.
- Conversation / discussion groups.
- Art therapy.
- Quiz group.
- Reading group.