The Making Cognitive Connections approach consists of books and online training, as well as many related and useful articles. The approach itself is explained on the All About Making Cognitive Connections page, but below, we spell out the specific benefits of the approach for three distinct groups of people:
Benefits for those with cognitive challenges
If you can related to any of these examples, the Making Cognitive Connections approach could be for you:
- Do you have a hard time remembering information?
- Do you forget about and miss appointments?
- Are you tired of carrying a paper/pencil day planner?
- Do you take notes and then lose them?
- Do you forget where you parked your car at the mall?
- Do you overdo it when studying or working and get fatigued to the point of not being productive for hours or even days?
- Are you afraid to go out with friends because you don’t remember what you did or talked about the last time you got together?
Imagine being reminded when you have appointments coming up, having notes with you when you need them, having a reference as to where you parked your car, and being able to quickly find find fun facts about your friends and family—all in a small handheld device you can carry with you wherever you go!
Your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or other smart device plus our training materials can help you get your life under control, improve your independence, and feel more organized and less overwhelmed.
Benefits for professionals who help those living with cognitive challenges
If you work with individuals with memory and organizational problems or other cognitive challenges, you may relate to scenarios such as these:
- Are you charged with training others in how to use smart technology, but don’t have an established curriculum?
- Are you trying to help returning veterans learn to use smart technologies to help with memory and/or organization problems?
- Do you only see your clients on a limited basis and feel like you don’t have time to work with them to get them up to speed on using smart technology?
- Do your clients/patients need a training review between scheduled appointments?
Imagine having a training curriculum that not only walks your clients through the process of learning the functions of their smart devices, but also addresses the cognitive issues associated with learning the device! The online environment makes this training perfect for in-the-office training or on-their-own training at home. With the Making Cognitive Connections books and online training, you don’t have to come up with your own materials and struggle so hard to keep up with the best apps for your clients.
Benefits for family members of those living with cognitive challenges
If you are a family member or a caretaker of an individual with a brain injury or other cognitive challenge, you may relate to these questions:
- Do you have a client or loved one who could benefit from using a smart device to help him or her with memory and organization related to work issues, home tasks, or school assignments?
- Do you have a child who currently has a smart device, but only uses it for its music and phone or texting capabilities?
- Would you like to help your client or loved one learn to schedule appointments and tasks (such as doctor appointments or homework assignments) on a smartphone so he or she is reminded about upcoming obligations?
What if your loved one could become more independent by scheduling tasks and appointments and receiving reminders without your intervention? Imagine having your children enter their homework assignments into their smart devices and then having the devices remind them to complete their homework, potentially eliminating the “nag” factor! With the Making Cognitive Connections approach, your time could be freed up for more important interactions as you watch your loved one:
- Become more autonomous
- Improve his or her follow-through on appointments and tasks
- Work through training materials independently
- Grow in self-esteem