Evaluation of Attention Process Training III in persons with traumatic brain injury
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Primary Objective: Attention deficits are common following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Studies of rehabilitation of attention have identified factors that comprise successful treatment programs. To date, there have been no experimental studies to determine the effects of the most recent version of Attention Process Training (APT-3). This study aimed to assess treatment outcomes of APT-3 across levels of disability in individuals with TBI. Research Design: Pre-experimental single subject A-B-A design. Methods and Procedures: The participant completed two 60-minute sessions weekly for 7 weeks. Treatment sessions included specific attention exercises, training metacognitive strategies, and identifying and discussing functional goals. Main Outcomes and Results: Progress was made in each domain of intervention. Treatment results were corroborated by notable gains in comprehensive standardized measures of attention as well as participation-level questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. These findings provide support for a combined compensatory-restorative model of cognitive rehabilitation.
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