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Technology Offers Simple Ways Of Supporting Clients' Cognitive Functions

Advances in digital, mobile and wearable technology offer simple, user friendly ways of supporting clients’ cognitive functions, that’s why they offer exciting possibilities in neuropsychology. Our choice of IT solutions to support and enhance clinical practice in neuropsychological rehabilitation:

SlowMow Therapy on the web - from a team of psychologists working in the NHS and at King’s College London.

Slow Down COVID-19 Stress

We know that the world is facing a major threat. For all of us life is changing. There is uncertainty about how long the situation will last and what will happen.

There’s lots of helpful information about managing stress. This website gives easy access to some of the main messages.

It shares ideas from a therapy called SlowMo. SlowMo supports people to Slow down for a Moment, see the bigger picture, and find the best way forward.

http://slowmotherapy.co.uk/

HappyNeuron Pro - Digital Cognitive Therapy Tools

HappyNeuron Pro is a digital therapy tool that clinicians can use to provide engaging cognitive therapy for their patients. Cognitive therapy exercises engage and train various brain regions necessary for everyday functioning.

HappyNeuron Pro allows clinicians to customize and assign exercises for their patients to complete on their own. This gives the opportunity for patients to engage in their therapy between sessions or completely remotely.

Results are provided immediately after exercises are completed. This means no scoring needs to be done by you. You can view and print performance results daily or over months to have a thorough summary of your patient’s progress right at your fingertips!

https://www.happyneuronpro.com/en/

leca - Smart toys

Inspired by a rich history of studies involving robots and individuals with ASD as well as evidence-based therapies (ABA, Early Start Denver Model), LECA solution was developed hand-in-hand with therapists & researchers.

https://leka.io

ACE Mobile

The Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE) is one of the most popular and commonly used cognitive tests used in dementia clinics and in the assessment of other neurological disorders.

ACEmobile is the latest version of the ACE (the ACE-3) with all of the advantages that computerisation offers.

Winner: Using Technology to Improve Efficiency | HSJ Awards 2018.

http://www.acemobile.org

My Therappy

NHS specialists have tested thousands of health apps, selecting the best, to help your recovery following a Stroke or Brain Injury.

These apps have been found to aid rehabilitation for survivors, their families and clinicians following a Stroke or Brain Injury. Tried and tested by people like you.

https://www.my-therappy.co.uk/medical-condition/stroke-brain-injury

Brain in Hand

Brain in Hand is an on-demand support system that gives people access to detailed personalised support from their smartphone, putting the individual more in control of their own support. Always available, it gives easy access to reminders, notes, coping strategies and a team of trained professionals to give help when and where it’s needed.

It’s helping almost two thousand people across the UK to reduce anxiety and improve independence, reducing demand on carers and support services.

For use by Individual – Self-pay or grant-funded; For Schools, Colleges and Universities; For Local Authorities, NHS, Providers and Employers.

http://braininhand.co.uk

Assistive Technology

A blog curated by Dr Andrew Bateman with an emphasis on assistive technology in neuro-rehabilitation.

https://www.scoop.it/t/assistive-technology-by-andrew-bateman

Neuropsychology Hub

A blog curated by Dr Giulia Bellesi and offering a review of available smartphone apps which have potential benefits in supporting people with neuropsychological difficulties. Featured in The Neuropsychologist, Issue 6 – October 2018, The British Psychological Society, Division of Neuropsychology publication.

https://neuropsychologyhub.wordpress.com

CogSmart

http://www.cogsmart.com

CogSMART stands for Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy, a form of cognitive training to help people improve their skills in prospective memory (remembering to do things), attention, learning/memory, and executive functioning (problem-solving, planning, organization, and cognitive flexibility).

The CogSMART approach to cognitive training has been successful for people with psychiatric symptoms, brain injuries, and other brain-related conditions resulting in cognitive challenges. CogSMART uses compensatory cognitive training, rather than extensive drills and practice. In other words, people are taught how to improve their cognitive skills by using strategies, have them practice their strategy use in the real world, and then troubleshoot any difficulties that come up. Developer’s goal is to help make these strategies become habits, so they can be used automatically when they are needed in the real world.

Twamley EW, Thomas KR, Gregory AM, et al. CogSMART Compensatory Cognitive Training for Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects Over 1 Year. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2015;30(6):391-401

Self-Help Anxiety Management

JMIR Mental Health, Vol 5, No 4 (2018): Oct-Dec. Interaction and Engagement with an Anxiety Management App: Analysis Using Large-Scale Behavioral Data. Matthews, Topham,  Caleb-Solly.

https://mental.jmir.org/2018/4/e58/

SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) is a mobile phone app that provides self-help for anxiety management.

Results of the study: Anxiety levels among all monitoring users were markedly reduced in the first few days of usage with some bounce back effect thereafter. A small group of users demonstrated long-term anxiety reduction (using a robust measure), typically monitored for 12-110 days, with 10-30 discrete updates and showed low levels of social participation.

Free SAM app download at:

MindMate

https://www.mindmate-app.com

MindMate offers the first all-in-one solution. It stimulates brain activity, offers advice on correct nutrition & physical exercises and makes it easy to stay connected with your social environment. Furthermore, they provide users with a wide range of engagement tools, including a jukebox feature and a television section. These tools are designed to engage people living with dementia and equip carers with convenient tools to deliver real person-centred care.

Woods B, et al. (2012). Cognitive stimulation to improve cognitive functioning in people with dementia. Review article. Cochrane Database, Syst Rev. Feb 15;(2):CD005562

Read-Clear

http://www.readclear.co.uk/

Read-Clear is a tablet App designed to assist reading in people with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) and other degenerative conditions that impair vision. The App aims to alleviate the effects of the following:

Visual disorientation (e.g. getting lost in the page); Visual crowding (e.g. words cluttering up); Oculomotor apraxia (e.g. difficulty following text along a line)

Read-Clear was developed in a collaborative effort between scientists at University College London (UCL) and people living with PCA and their relatives and was funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.ucl.pcareader

The Oxford Cognitive Screen

http://www.ocs-test.org

The Oxford Cognitive Screen (OCS) was developed as a brief stroke-specific cognitive screen, aimed to be used in time- and resource-pressured acute clinical settings. The OCS provides a meaningful ‘cognitive profile’ for a patient covering 5 core cognitive domains (attention, language, memory, number and praxis).

Finally, the OCS has been adapted for tablet-based administration. OCS-BRIDGE was funded by the Wellcome Trust and Department of Health and includes a scripted OCS administration and automatic reporting as well as tests by the Cambridge team.

OCS-BRIDGE has been developed from years of research at the University of Oxford and the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. It fills a gap between very brief screening tasks, typically developed to detect dementia, and very long, comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, which require a range of different tests, can take hours to complete and must be conducted by a trained clinical neuropsychologist.

This forum provides links to research, apps and other technological solutions clinicians and clients may find useful in the rehabilitation. Please email and let us know about any tech innovations you are aware of that we can add to this database here admin@npsych-rehab.com