ATTENTION AND INFORMATION PROCESSING
Advanced Cognitive Rehabilitation
Kit Malia & Anne Brannagan
'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'.
This 4 hour webcast is suitable for professionals working with adults who have cognitive problems following brain injury.
The course focuses on developing clinical expertise in the rehabilitation of attention and information processing deficits.
This a 'Webcast on Demand' meaning that you can watch it at any point during the broadcast, which lasts for 24 hours; you can rewind, pause or fast forward; watch it all in one go, or split it up as suits you.
WHY IS ATTENTION IMPORTANT?
Simulations to illustrate what it is like to have attention deficits. What is attention? The link to Working Memory & Executive Functions. Review of Sohlberg & Mateer basic levels of attention. Internal and external attention
NEURAL NETWORKS THEORY OF ATTENTION
The importance of attention. Neural networks theory of attention: Alerting system, Orienting system & Control system
Recognising attention problems. The 3 approaches to assessment. Rules for assessment. Assessing the attention networks. Attention tests correlated with the 3 neural networks
The 4 components of treatment. Treating the whole person. Does it work? Best practice guidelines. Reflective practice
WHY IS INFORMATION PROCESSING IMPORTANT?
Simulations to illustrate what it is like to have information processing deficits. How this impacts upon behaviour and emotions. What is information processing? The model of information processing. Controlled vs Automatic processing. Capacity, Speed and Control
THE MODEL OF INFORMATION PROCESSING IN DETAIL
The relationship between Attention and Information Processing. Overload. Organisation Skills. Memory. Assimilation & Accommodation. Schema. Association Networks. Redundancy. Hemispheric differences. The role of Effort
THE MODEL CONTINUED. ASSESSING INFORMATION PROCESSING
The 4 modes of expression. Recognising attention problems. Role in motor tasks
TREATING INFORMATION PROCESSING
The 4 components of treatment. Plasticity. What we can learn from studying child development of information processing skills. Reflective practice