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Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2009;15(2):133-43. doi: 10.1002/ddrr.56.

Cognitive rehabilitation for children with acquired brain injury.

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Department of Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, 707 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


Cognitive deficits are frequent consequences of acquired brain injury (ABI) and often require intervention. We review the theoretical and empirical literature on cognitive rehabilitation in a variety of treatment domains including attention, memory, unilateral neglect, speech and language, executive functioning, and family involvement/education. Because there are more well-designed studies examining the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in adults with brain injury, the major findings from this body of literature are also highlighted. In addition, given that similar cognitive and behavioral concerns are often apparent in children with certain neurodevelopmental disorders, selected literature focusing on interventions for these groups of children is included. Limitations and challenges inherent in examining cognitive interventions in children with ABI are also discussed. Overall, despite the growing body of literature examining the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in children with ABI, there continues to be a great need to develop well-designed studies to examine the efficacy of these interventions.

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