In addition to working with students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and other learning struggles, Innovative Learning Professionals also provides outpatient cognitive rehabilitation services to those with brain injuries (but not requiring ongoing medical intervention). Brain injuries can occur in many different ways, the most common including blows to the head (such as in car or other accidents), strokes, oxygen deprivation (such as during a heart attack or drowning), and penetrating objects (such as a bullet). For those who live through a brain injury, the consequences can be quite varied. Consequences can include deficits in varying degrees of severity in movement, speech and language (expressive or receptive), emotional control, and other cognitive functions (such as attention, visual processing, auditory processing, memory, reasoning/problem solving and executive functions).
Cognitive rehabilitation is the therapeutic process of increasing an individual's capacity to process and use incoming information so as to increase functioning in everyday life. This includes not only methods aimed at improving cognitive function but also techniques to compensate for deficits that have not been recovered, but does not include the spontaneous recovery of function that occurs after a brain injury. It is a field born primarily out of neuropsychology, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and special education with growth also spurred by advances in computer software applications. Typically cognitive rehab focuses on the retraining of attention, visual processing, language (although speech and language specialists do much of this direct work), memory, reasoning, problem solving, and executive functions.