OverviewAdolescents can recover old skills such as speech, movement, coordination and simple problem-solving abilities rather quickly following a TBI. However, acquiring new skills, highly complex thinking, abstract reasoning and problem-solving can remain impaired. These impairments cause difficulty in school, especially with the increasing demands of middle and high school. This study demonstrated that implementing only six hours of Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics (SMART™) led to significant improvement in the ability to think abstractly and recall information. Even months to years after injury, these adolescents can improve certain cognitive impairments that were once thought to be long-lasting.
Table 2 outlines the two alternate conditions participants were assigned and their respective timeline and focus of training throughout their eight-week participation.