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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Cognitive rehabilitation is an important part of recovery from brain insult. Memory is one of the most commonly affected cognitive systems and this book provides information about the available techniques for memory rehabilitation.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to provide practical information about different memory rehabilitation techniques, as well as to review the literature associated with the assessment and rehabilitation of memory deficits.
Audience: Although the primary audience is clinicians working in cognitive rehabilitation settings, students of psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and associated disciplines would find this useful as a teaching guide. The author has numerous publications and scientific interest in the field, as well as clinical experience.
Features: Memory is not a unitary construct and the book begins with an introduction to the different types of memory. There is a discussion of recovery mechanisms followed by advice regarding a thorough assessment of memory post-injury. Some major strategies for rehabilitation are covered, including errorless learning, mnemonics, and memory aids. Later chapters address treatment in groups and the associated advantages. They delve more into the process of setting up a rehabilitation program and help to combine all of the previously discussed facets. A case example helps tie the information together. Readers will find an extensive list of resources at the end for both the United States and United Kingdom. References are plentiful, current, and from high quality studies.
Assessment: This is a helpful book for clinicians starting memory training or a memory rehabilitation program. The information is largely practical and can be implemented without too much difficulty, but readers are still left wanting for more techniques or materials that just may not exist. All in all, a handy book to keep at your side when doing assessments or commencing rehabilitation.