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Cognitive Therapy

In Open Lines’ intensive cognitive program, our specially-trained experts will help you or a loved one more easily perform everyday tasks and work-related demands as well as communicate with others with increased confidence and independence. Through weekly sessions, you will strengthen a collection of skills that help you think, remember information, and ensure you are accurately understanding, reasoning, and making decisions. These include skills related to attention, memory, organization, problem solving, logical and abstract reasoning, decision-making, visual spatial abilities, and executive function.

Open Lines will help you strengthen and retain your current skills, recover and retrain lost skills,
learn how to compensate when needed, and make modifications to your environment that will set you up for success. Your specialist will be with you every step of the way to help you gain more independence and autonomy over your life while also providing support as you cope with changes in your life.

A wide variety of activities which use something called error-based learning to teach internal memory strategies are used when strengthening cognitive skills. These strategies are mental strategies used to enhance encoding and retrieval of information. Common ones include:

  • Mnemonic devices
  • Association Tasks
  • Imagery and Visualization
  • Grouping and Chunking Tasks

Other strategies are taught including using external memory aids to help you consciously and deliberately “save and store” memories as well as retrieve information to help you participate more fully, easily, and successfully in your life. Examples of external memory aids include but are not limited to:

  • Memory Books
  • Checklists
  • Wall or phone Calendars
  • Smart phones
  • Smart watches
  • Medication Boxes
  • Graphic organizers
  • Notebooks and Daily Planners
  • Pagers and alarms

The specially-trained experts at Open Lines will help you learn how to utilize and apply these to the specific tasks and activities you need to return to and eventually adopt these tools to obtain, store, recall, and work with information for your personal and work-related demands. Ultimately, these strategies will not only help make your everyday activities easier; they will also help you communicate with ease and confidence and feel more connected to your community.