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Compensating for cognitive deficits following brain injury
Neuropsychology Review, 10, 233-243
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Two of the most important goals of rehabilitation are to (a) reduce everyday consequences of impaired cognitive functioning (disabilities), and (b) reduce the level of handicap (the extent to which these problems prevent successful return to society). One of the ways we can achieve these goals is to enable people to compensate for their cognitive deficits. This paper (i) describes a theoretical framework for understanding compensatory behavior, (ii) discusses different forms of compensation, (iii) considers compensation for several cognitive disorders, and (iv) presents suggestions for predicting which patients will find it easy to compensate, and which require more intensive and focused rehabilitation.