Patients suffering from cognitive disabilities induced by traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Neuropsychological issues and Neurodevelopmental disorders can overcome their impairments with the help of brain training. Cognitive disabilities have also been identified even in children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and delayed brain development. Cognitive disabilities also affect the social skills of patients making them more withdrawn and lacking the ability to communicate with other people. This can often lead to acute depression, thereby making the problem all the more serious. Through extensive therapies and treatments patients can be induced to overcome their cognitive disabilities.
Dr. Curtis Cripe a Neuroscience and Neuro-engineering expert who has closely worked with NASA in its deep space program mention that the application of brain training in helping people overcome their cognitive disabilities is a field with extensive potential. Since, each therapy is designed to meet the specific requirements of the patient, the success rate of the brain training treatments have been higher. Along with that the therapists communicate with the patients regularly, thereby monitoring the effectiveness of a particular therapies for individual patients.
If a particular therapy is not producing the desired results then changes can be incorporated in the ongoing treatment, to meet the requirements of the patients. Moreover, Dr. Curtis Cripe is a strong advocate for telemedicine and Internet management. With the help of better communication methods, the therapists can keep track of the patients’ progresses. Some of the essential features of brain training are as follows:
- Brain training and Neurofeedback: Neurofeedback is a process by which the brain waves are evaluated with the help of Electroencephalography or EEG as it is popularly known. Brain training helps improve the overall functioning of the brain, especially the part that is responsible for carrying out cognitive functions. If brain training for a particular patient has been successful then it will be reflected in the EEG report. Neurofeedback has been found to be especially helpful in patients who have undergone brain training treatment having suffered traumatic brain injuries. Based on the EEG report therapists can decide whether to continue the same brain training treatment or to incorporate changes in it.
- Children with Neurodevelopmental issues: Brain training has been found to be effective in children suffering from Neurodevelopmental issues. Such children suffer from cognitive disabilities and lack social skills. They are also prone to tantrums and are often diagnosed with anxiety disorders. With the help of brain training such children can be taught to identify triggers that can make them all the more withdrawn and unsociable.
Neuroscience and Neuro-engineering experts mention that with the help of brain training patients can develop better cognitive skills and subsequently improve the social skills, especially amongst patients suffering from serious psychiatric disorders. Dr. Curtis Cripe mentions that with the help of brain training children and adults can develop cognitive skills that can help them associate with their surroundings in a better manner and subsequently develop social skills.