Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Project Play Therapy offers cognitive therapy for the adolescent and adult population. Our therapists have many years of experience serving patients who have cognitive impairments. Our clients may have cognitive-communication disorders as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or stroke (CVA), or any other illness or injury that may present with neurological difficulties.

The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) defines a cognitive-communication disorder as follows:

Cognitive-communication disorders encompass difficulty with any aspect of communication that is affected by disruption of cognition. Communication may be verbal or nonverbal and includes listening, speaking, gesturing, reading, and writing in all domains of language (phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic). Cognition includes cognitive processes and systems (e.g., attention, perception, memory, organization, executive function). Areas of function affected by cognitive impairments include behavioral self-regulation, social interaction, activities of daily living, learning and academic performance, and vocational performance.

Cognitive-communication disorders may be congenital or acquired. Congenital etiologies include but are not limited to genetic disorders and pre-, peri-, and postnatal neurologic injuries and diseases. Acquired etiologies include but are not limited to stroke, brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, anoxic or toxic encephalopathy, and nondegenerative and degenerative neurologic diseases (including the dementias).

Given the high incidence and prevalence of cognitive-communication disorders and their potentially serious consequences—including negative impact on social, academic, and vocational success; on quality of life; and on caretakers and personal finances—appropriate preventive efforts, assessment, diagnosis, and management are critical.

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Questions & Answers


There is all too often a stigma attached to the word “therapy”. The misconception is not specific to the United States; in fact, the overall lack of awareness and education surrounding pediatric therapy world-wide is one of the biggest reasons why we started Project Play Therapy.

In most facets of our lives today, Americans are quick to embrace technology, services or research helping us lead happier or more productive lives. But what if there were already services that helped children be happier and more productive, regardless if there were issues with handwriting or a recent diagnosis of Cerebral palsy? There are.

So, does your child need therapy? Truthfully, we can't say. There is no test, list of conditions or traits we could communicate on this screen that would thoughtfully answer your question; however, we would love to have an open-minded, non-judgmental discussion with you if you even have sneaking suspicions.

If you suspect that your child or family member may need therapy, you should contact a therapist to set up an evaluation. Once an evaluation has been completed decisions regarding therapy recommendations and a plan of treatment can be determined.
If your child has had an evaluation by a licensed therapist within the last year, there may not be a need for another evaluation. To find out which of our therapies will best help your child, contact Project Play Therapy.
Psychological Services
We offer comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations in both clinic and school settings. Our licensed school psychologists and educational consultants provide collaborative, informative, and practical therapy to families and schools.

Academic Tutoring
Our tutors coach and develop children in grades pre-school through middle school in all academic areas, including organization and timeliness. Testing is available, but an assessment is not a prerequisite to participate in our tutoring program.

Handwriting Therapy
Often using the renowned Handwriting Without Tears program, therapists teach capital and lowercase letter and number formation. Children learn to print through hands-on materials and developmentally appropriate activities. Fine motor work prepares students for pencil and paper success.

Music Therapy
From birth, music can have a profound effect on the growth and development of children. Hence, our music therapists use live music interventions to help children reach their physiological, emotional, cognitive and social goals, often including soothing, promoting learning and offering a sense of security.

Art Therapy
Our therapists use the creative process of art to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children. Children often use the art process, through creative representation and symbolism, to express and release feelings of stress and anxiety.

Social Groups
We offer a variety of peer groups to help children, ages preschool through middle school, develop social relationships and work on skills such as social greetings, identifying levels of body activity, play, dealing with bullying/teasing, expressing emotions and how to self-regulate their responses to others and their environment. These groups are often led by an OT or SLP.

Interactive Metronome
Our specially trained and licensed therapists apply the research based intervention program that has proven to benefit children with a range of neuro-rehabilitative and developmental learning disabilities. The program is designed to strengthen processing to improve attention, language processing, sequencing, motor planning, fundamental cognitive abilities and impulse control.