Cognitive adaptation training: Establishing environmental supports to bypass cognitive deficits and improve functional outcomes

Natalie J. Maples, Dawn I. Velligan

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Several approaches to the treatment of cognitive impairments and their functional consequences for persons diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder have been developed in recent years. This article focuses on the use of Cognitive adaptation training (CAT), a psychosocial intervention that seeks to bypass cognitive impairments in schizophrenia in an effort to improve functional outcomes. CAT relies on the use of environmental supports, such as signs, calendars, hygiene supplies, and pill containers, to cue and sequence adaptive behavior in the client's home environment. This article outlines the specific components of CAT, reviews the results from several previous studies utilizing CAT, and discusses the feasibility and recommendations for the use of CAT in everyday community care. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-180
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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