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Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy in Geelong & Surrounds

Memory and Thinking and Behaviours / Cognition:

Difficulties with memory and thinking can be frustrating and have a large impact on day to day functioning. Difficulties with memory and thinking present for many reasons including diagnosis of brain injury, dementia, stress and anxiety as well as normal ageing.

Examples of common reasons people may ask an occupational therapist for help include:

  • Difficulties remember short term or longer term information or events following a brain injury
  • Difficulty organising your day to ensure you look after yourself
  • Forgetting to do important tasks such as eating, shopping or taking your medications,
  • Getting lost when in your home home or out and about
  • Confusion about familiar faces
  • New behaviours following a stroke, brain injury or as a result of a progressive condition. These may be difficulty controlling anger or changes in personality.

We work closely with other members of your team in particular neuropsychology or a behavioural specialist to ensure a collaborative approach.

How we can help:

Your occupational therapist will work closely with yourself, your health team and your family to complete and assess and identify your goals in relation to your memory and thinking. This may be a more formal assessment such as a pen and paper assessment or by observing you complete a functional task that you are having difficulty with.

We will collect information such as:

  • medical history, diagnosis and prognosis
  • previous and current daily functions
  • your support networks
  • your home or community environment

Using the results of the assessment we will assist in identifying your strengths and limitations and then work with you to implement solutions. This may be

  • retraining the skill using strategies such as repetition
  • or using compensatory techniques such as an alarm or list
  • education to family or carers

We work closely with other members of your team in particular neuropsychology or a behavioural specialist to ensure a collaborative approach.

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