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Edited by M M Sohlberg and C A Mateer (Pp 492, £41.95). Guilford Press, New York, 2001. ISBN 1 57230 613 0
People working in rehabilitation will appreciate this book, which is a follow up to the influential Introduction to cognitive rehabilitation by the same authors that appeared in 1989. Sohlberg and Mateer say they began with the intention of updating the earlier version but because of so many advances in the field, they realised a new text was called for. The new book is indeed very different from the earlier one.
The book contains 15 chapters divided into four sections. (1) fundamentals for practising cognitive rehabilitation, (2) management approaches for cognitive impairments, (3) interventions for behavioural, emotional, and psychosocial concerns and (4) working with special populations.
The authors' considerable experience in rehabilitation is apparent throughout, and it is particularly noticeable in sections 2 and 3. They are obviously “hands on” rehabilitation experts who recognise the need to address behavioural, emotional, and psychosocial concerns together with cognitive difficulties. The text reflects the major changes that have occurred since their previous book in 1989. Influences from other notable rehabilitation practitioners such as Prigatano can also be detected. I particularly liked chapter 13 on “working collaboratively with families”, one of several topics not addressed in the first book. The following chapter on “rehabilitation of children with acquired cognitive impairments” is also new. Those who work with children with brain injury will, no doubt, find that one chapter is insufficient for them but for those who work with adults it is helpful to have this account. The table in this chapter providing an example of a daily lesson design for children with cognitive difficulties could also be used as a guide for both individual and group work with adults.
Even experienced practitioners will benefit from the many tips and guidelines that occur with such regularity throughout the text. Relative newcomers to the area will find the book even more useful.
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