ATTENTION AND INFORMATION PROCESSING
Advanced Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy Workshop
HOSTED BY PROACTIVE
INSTRUCTORS: Kit Malia & Anne Brannagan
DATE: 17 & 18 March 2016
VENUE: Mercure Hotel, 8 Customs St East, Auckland City
TIME: 8.45am for a 9.30pm start – 4pm.
COST: $700+GST (early bird by 31/1/16), $800+GST (after 31/1/16)
TO REGISTER: Download and complete this form and email to [email protected] to secure your place.
Please note places are on a first come basis.
For further information, please email Jan Henry [email protected] or call 021 702 558
WORKSHOP INFORMATION PACK
“Of all the myriad tasks that the brain has to perform, perhaps none is as crucial to the performance of other tasks as attention. For when the brain attends it also perceives. When the brain attends and perceives, it learns. What is learned is sometimes spontaneously recalled in the absence of attention, but voluntary recollection requires an attentive brain.” R Parasuraman (1998)
This two day interactive workshop is suitable for professionals working with adults who have cognitive problems following brain injury. Attendees should ideally have completed the basic Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy workshop. The course focuses on developing clinical expertise in the rehabilitation of attention and information processing deficits.
- To extend skills and knowledge about attention and information processing
- To develop assessment knowledge and skills
- To develop treatment knowledge and skills
- To develop analysis skills in defining patient problems
- To develop reporting techniques
SETTING THE SCENE
Review of Sohlberg and Mateer basic levels of attention. The importance of attention. Historical development of theories of attention. What is attention?
NEURAL NETWORKS THEORY OF ATTENTION
Neural networks: Vigilance system, Orienting system & Control system.
ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
Internal and external attention. Attention tests correlated with the 3 neural networks. Treatment efficacy. Neural networks and treatment.
ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP USING CASE STUDIES
Case studies for assessment, based on the 3 neural networks. Types of tests to use. Hypothesis setting. Reporting the findings.
TREATMENT WORKSHOP USING CASE STUDIES
Case studies for treatment, based on the 3 neural networks. Setting goals. Designing and implementing treatment activities. Evaluation and clinical reporting.
INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMS, THEORY & MODELS
Capacity & Plasticity. Relationship between attention and information processing. Overload. Controlled vs Automatic processing. Capacity, Speed & Control. Relationship to working memory and long term memory. The concepts of assimilation, accommodation and schema. Redundancy. Association networks.
WORKSHOP ON ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF INFORMATION PROCESSING DEFICITS
Practical guides to assessing and treating information processing deficits following brain injury.