Cognitive Therapy Program

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Cognitive Therapy Program


If you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury, a stroke, or some other form of neurological impairment – you may be experiencing a variety of cognitive deficits. If you have difficulty with orientation, attention, memory, problem solving, planning, organizing or “executive function,” Gaylord’s Cognitive Therapy Program can provide you with the techniques you need to maximize your skills and increase your independence.

The Cognitive Therapy Program is an intensive full day, individualized program that includes a mix of group and individual therapies provided on an outpatient basis. Since family members can be important to your recovery, they are encouraged to take an active role in the Program.

Our specialists will design a treatment based on your specific needs that may include:

Specialized Groups:

  • Cognitive Skills Group
  • Academic Therapy
  • Psychosocial Group
  • Acquired Brain Injury Resource Group
  • Mechanical Usage Education Group
  • Community Out-Trip
  • Interpersonal Skills Group
  • Occupational Therapy Group

Individual Therapies:

  • Physical Therapy 
  • Aquatic Therapy 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Speech Therapy 
  • Psychology

Cognitive Therapy Program

Gaylord's two outpatient programs for acquired brain injury are the Aphasia and Cognitive Day Treatment Programs. Each program focuses on different issues and is available both to outpatients from the community and residents of Traurig House. This video provides an overview of each program and the skills that are focused on to help patients with traumatic brain injury.

Cognitive Therapy Program Brochure


Any patient who is having difficulty communicating after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other kind of “neurological event” may be an appropriate candidate for Gaylord’s Cognitive Therapy Program. A referral from a primary care physician, neurologist or other medical professional is typically required. To be eligible, patients must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 15 years old
  • Medically stable
  • Demonstrate cognitive deficits
  • Have had a neurological event less than one year ago 
  • Can tolerate, and will benefit from, at least 3 hours of therapy per day
  • Can benefit from and participate in a group treatment setting
  • Do not have an active substance abuse issue
  • Exhibit no disruptive behavior
  • Can commit to an 8-week program of treatment
  • Can establish mutually agreed upon goals with a therapist and the program coordinator
  • Are independent with toileting and have transportation to and from Gaylord
  • Can attend group sessions that are a minimum of 1 hour in length

If you’ve experienced a “neurological event,” and now have difficulty with memory, orientation, and/or problem solving, then our Cognitive Therapy Program may be right for you. The first step in deciding whether you should enroll is to talk with your primary care physician or neurologist.

Cognitive Day Program brochure

The program serves a wide variety of patients, all of whom are experiencing cognitive difficulties. Patients are drawn from inpatient settings throughout the Northeast, the Louis D. Traurig Transitional Living Center, and Gaylord’s surrounding communities.

The program is designed to provide you with the support and specific skills you’ll need to enhance your communication skills and maximize your independence. The Program will show you how to:

  • Use a daily planner (or a smart phone app) to create a written plan of daily activities
  • Set up a “home information center,” where you can keep calendars, phone messages, keys and bills in an easy-to-find central location
  • Hold a weekly family planning meeting, to communicate the upcoming week’s plans, activities and goals
  • Use alarms, watches, or timers to help you better manage your time
  • Limit external distractions (such as the TV or the radio), while you’re communicating important information

Family members can play important roles in helping you recover and are encouraged to participate in the Program. Your family members will learn how to:

  • Give you constructive feedback about your performance on different tasks, highlighting what you’ve done well and showing you where you could use improvement
  • Seek out support groups for patients with acquired brain injury and their families

Most commercial health insurance plans (as well as Medicaid) will cover Gaylord’s Cognitive Day Treatment Program. Gaylord’s staff can work with you to verify coverage, or discuss treatment costs that may not be covered by insurance.


Outpatient Admissions: (230) 284-2888

Outpatient Fax: (203) 294-8705

Program Coordinator: (203) 284-2800, extension 3991