Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
"Indispensable for anyone interested in memory or working with the memory impaired, the book includes an appendix that lists resources offering advice and information....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers."
"A practical, how-to text for the psychologist interested in developing an inpatient or outpatient memory rehabilitation program to assist an individual or group of individuals with nonprogressive brain damage. Practical recommendations for specific rehabilitation strategies, assessments, and goal setting are supported by behavioral, cognitive, and neuropsychological theory. This easy-to-read book also provides helpful information to psychology and neuroscience graduate students studying memory functioning and rehabilitation psychology....Utilizing this book should enable professionals to assist their clients in maximizing the goal-setting potential for functional memory outcome in overall quality of life."
Indispensable for anyone interested in memory or working with the memory impaired, the book includes an appendix that lists resources offering advice and information....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers.Choice Reviews
Journal of International Psychogeriatrics
"An accessible and interesting read, providing clear descriptions and evaluations of treatment options for people experiencing memory difficulties. It offers a comprehensive, one-stop resource that contains a great deal of information and research. Theoretically driven approaches are presented and discussed in relation to their clinical application and regular case examples and reflections on practice help to bring the subject to life....This book as an enjoyable and surprisingly accessible read given the breadth of information if contains. I was left with increased optimism that there is much we can do, beyond targeting lost function, to alleviate the distress and disability caused by memory difficulties."
"Barbara Wilson is a renowned authority in memory research. She has also developed a functional clinical approach for helping patients with memory impairments manage their everyday lives. This latest book is true to her philosophy of integrating theory and practice....An insightful, wide-ranging, and practical introduction for professionals interested in the rehabilitation of memory."
From the Publisher
"A 'must read' for any professional who works with individuals with memory impairment and their family members. The rich literature on compensatory strategies to decrease the impact of memory impairment and techniques to help patients learn more efficiently comes alive in this very thorough and usable text. Wilson’s incisive understanding of the emotional difficulties experienced by people with cognitive problems--and how to integrate psychosocial and cognitively focused interventions--is particularly welcome and important."--Catherine A. Mateer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"Who else but Barbara Wilson, the world's leading expert on memory rehabilitation, could have written a book like this? Flowing easily between research findings, clinical anecdotes, and practical treatment recommendations, the book never loses sight of the real-life consequences of memory loss. In an age when war has made traumatic brain injury tragically familiar, Wilson explains the complex ways in which memory processing is prone to failure in this and other nonprogressive brain disorders, and shows how everyday functioning can be improved by rehabilitation techniques that focus on compensation and coping."--Myrna F. Schwartz, PhD, Associate Director, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"This remarkable book combines a scholarly and comprehensive review of the neuroanatomical and neuropsychological bases of memory rehabilitation with straightforward, step-by-step descriptions of memory rehabilitation procedures. The book showcases Wilson's facility for making the complexities of neuropsychological rehabilitation accessible even to those without an extensive background in the psychological and neurological sciences. A wide range of professionals interested in memory rehabilitation will find this volume indispensable for study and reference."--James F. Malec, PhD, Research Director, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana; Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
"An excellent introductory book on the topic....The book has many strong points that will make it a desired resource for professionals wishing to develop and implement empirically derived memory rehabilitation programs. It provides a concise overview of behavioral approaches to a variety of specific memory rehabilitation strategies and techniques. Among the beneficial features in the book is a repetitive focus on cognitive and learning theory as applied in such rehabilitation. Wilson also does an excellent job discussing why such behavioral approaches are beneficial to individuals with memory difficulties and in presenting current supporting research....It serves to provide a readable understanding of rehabilitative methods that can be practically beneficial to individuals with memory disorders, and most importantly, it provides the neuropsychologist and rehabilitation professional with the theory behind the practice."