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NeuronUP is based on a consistent theoretical framework overseen by a committee of scientific experts.
Part of the premise of NEUROPLASTICITY which is the brain’s potential to modify and adapt itself in response to experiences, chemical substances, hormones, and/or injuries. The ability of the brain to reorganize itself by creating and strengthening neural connections is the key to recovery. Although the system itself can activate the neuroplastic systems, they have limitations. Thus, it is recommended to stimulate and modulate them, which is achieved through appropriate therapeutic intervention.
In this field two types of interventions must be discussed:
- Neuropsychological rehabilitation, which is aimed at restoring the degree of the patient's functional condition to the highest possible physical, psychological and social adaptation level. Its focus is on those who suffer from acquired brain injury, neurodevelopmental disorders, intellectual disability, or mental illness.
- Cognitive stimulation, aims at slowing cognitive deterioration and maintaining preserved abilities. It is used for neurodegenerative diseases and normal aging.
When creating materials, ECOLOGICAL VALIDITY, which refers to the correlation between the improvement of the skills trained in consultation and its relation to improved performance in everyday activities, and GENERALIZATION, which refers to the results produced by certain training tasks becoming evident in other similar tasks, are two concepts taken into account.
Each therapeutic intervention should be unique as it depends on factors as diverse as the type of impairment, a patient’s personal characteristics and circumstances, or the particularities of the occupational therapist who is carrying out the intervention. Thus, the latter will be the one who decides which activities should be done by each patient, what the duration of each activity will be and in what order of difficulty the tasks should advance. To accomplish this, NeuronUP provides tasks thoroughly classified by processes, divided into levels according to their complexity, and that are capable of being customized, allowing the practitioner to design a more precise and effective rehabilitation/stimulation program.