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Theory, assessment, and treatment in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Wilson, B.A.
Neuropsychology, 5, 281-291.
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This paper discusses the role of theory in assessment for rehabilitation, and considers how theoretically driven assessments influence treatment. Psychometric, localisational, cognitive and behavioural approaches to assessment are described. A programme for a head injured patient's concentration and behaviour problems is presented to illustrate ways in which the above approaches are combined to enable planning, implementation and monitoring of treatment. A behavioural assessment enabled staff to define problems in terms of how they were manifested; to measure the extent of problem behaviours; and to operate and evaluate the treatment programme. Generalisation is discussed, and ways theory influenced the programme are summarised.