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Research Article  |   June 1986
Cognitive Group: A Treatment Program for Head-Injured Adults
Author Affiliations
  • Claude Coopersmith Lundgren, OTR, is Supervisor, Outpatient Occupational Therapy Department, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, East Orange, NJ 07018
  • Ellen Lipman Persechino, OTR, is Assistant Clinical Education Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Department, Welkind Rehabilitation Hospital, Chester, NJ 07930. At the time of this study, she was Senior Occupational Therapist, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ 07052
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Mental Health / Neurologic Conditions / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Research Article   |   June 1986
Cognitive Group: A Treatment Program for Head-Injured Adults
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1986, Vol. 40, 397-401. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.6.397
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1986, Vol. 40, 397-401. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.6.397
Abstract

The need for social interaction is frequently viewed as secondary to that of cognitive remediation in the rehabilitation of the head injured. This paper describes the Cognitive Group as an adjunct to individual occupational therapy treatment, designed specifically for inpatients, at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. The theoretical approach of the Cognitive Group is based upon Mosey’s developmental groups (A. C. Mosey, 1970. Three frames of reference for mental health. Thorofare, NJ: Charles B. Slack). The group’s format consists of structured cognitive activities in a controlled social environment. A sample week of group activities is included. We found a general trend of improvement in memory and social interaction skills among the 46 patients who participated in the program.