The neuropsychology team of INANP explains how to work on cognitive stimulation in children with neurodevelopmental problems with NeuronUP.
At INANP we receive a large volume of underage patients suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders. When they arrive at our center, the first step is to perform an evaluation to detect any problems they may have.
From there, an intervention plan is established, in which, in most cases, cognitive stimulation is worked on.
Profiles to which the intervention is applied
The profiles dealt with at the center are very diverse. In addition, it should be noted that each case presents a series of specific characteristics. This means that the intervention process is continuously adapted to the needs of the case.
However, there are a number of profiles that are usually candidates for cognitive stimulation work, which we list below:
- Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD).
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
- Learning Disorders.
Depending on the requirements we meet, some areas should be treated or others. However, we always choose to apply tools and processes according to the evolution and situation of the patient.
How is cognitive stimulation worked?
The first point is the specification of the professional’s work objectives, taking into account the patient’s needs. Therefore, the participation of the professional in the adaptation of his intervention and the consideration of non-therapeutic variables, such as the emotional state, the context, etc., is fundamental.
From there, it is necessary to establish the tools that will be used by the professional to intervene in the different difficulties presented by the patient in question.
What tools can be used?
Currently, there are a number of options available to carry out cognitive intervention. As mentioned above, it is important to take into account the patient’s circumstances, and thus the tools that may be useful for their needs.
In our case, the neuropsychology team uses NeuronUP, among others, to complement this process.
NeuronUP in three words
Our team defines the tool with the following adjectives:
It helps us to adapt to different environments and profiles. This means that within the same tool, we can cover many types of cases. In addition, it allows us to make a personalized selection of exercises according to what the professional wants to work on in each session.
It presents many variables, which allow working on different cognitive areas, such as: attention, memory, language, orientation, praxis and gnosis, among others. This makes it an option according to the daily work of the center, since we must adapt to very diverse cases.
We consider that one of the strongest points of the program is its ease of use. It is very easy to work with, both for the professional and for the patient and the families we serve.
This is a fundamental characteristic, since our team prioritizes facilitating the entire intervention process with families and avoiding possible incidents.
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Advantages of using NeuronUP
Having defined the basics of the tool, from our point of view, NeuronUP has a number of benefits that fit within the work that is done in terms of cognitive stimulation.
This allows the team to tailor exercises and games to each patient specifically. Thus, a variety of activities and levels are offered, which is useful for advancing the patient’s process.
Possibility of mixed work
Another facility offered is to be able to design an itinerary with the families, in which it is possible to work both in person at the center, and to establish online sessions, so that they can carry out the activities from their own home.
In our center, we treat cases from different parts of the country, as well as from other countries, so this option facilitates the work of cognitive intervention.
Being a digital program makes it a very attractive tool to work with younger patients. This also leads to more adherence, since the intervention process has a more playful and entertaining approach.
NeuronUP is designed on a solid theoretical basis, which makes the professional feel confident using it. It is important to work with validated material, as this gives peace of mind to both the team and the families.
A strong point of the tool is its NeuronUP Score functionality. This option allows us to obtain patient data, observing strengths and weaknesses. This makes it easier for the professional to quantify the evolution and transmit it to the families.
It should be noted that this platform has evolved a lot since its inception. There are continuous improvements and each time we find more facilities and advances within it.
It is also essential to have a good support to the patient when any incident occurs. From our experience we can assure that the attention has always been fast and efficient.
There are many advantages that our team perceives in NeuronUP. That is why we rely on this platform to be able to offer the best to the families who come to our center.