COGNIsoft-I consists of a series of 12 programs developed for the cognitive rehabilitation of persons with brain injuries and brain diseases. The programs are primarily suited to target the needs of victims with closed head trauma (e.g. after traffic accidents). However, some of the programs are also useful when it comes to the rehabilitation of patients suffering from stroke, multiple sclerosis and other brain diseases. Finally, some of the programs have specifically been designed to target the rehabilitation of symptoms that are most often seen in stroke, like visual hemineglect.
A compromise between user friendliness and flexibility was sought during the development of these programs. Increased program flexibility has complicated the use of these programs, as an unavoidable consequence. However, program flexibility is important, as users are likely to function at very different levels with regards to the speed and complexity of which they can cope with, as well as the level of cuing that they may need. Thus, it is due to the flexibility of these programs, that they can be used for persons with mild, as well as severe cognitive impairments.
There are no materials for cognitive rehabilitation that can replace a thorough neuropsychological assessment, as well as planning for the single patient or client. COGNIsoft programs are of no exception. They may, however, constitute a useful part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program (that should also include an assessment of the emotional state and social skills of the participant).