In this section
The speed of information
processing refers to our ability to manage and absorb, within a reasonable amount of time, information
that we are presented with. After a brain injury, information processing skills
may be slowed.
Information processing is a
part of our cognitive (thinking) functioning that has an impact on
most things we do. It refers to our ability to efficiently manage
and absorb information we are presented with. The part of
information processing that is most often discussed is the speed of
our information processing. This refers to our ability to complete cognitive activities in a reasonable amount of time.
Information processing capacity is linked with attention and
concentration. For example, our attention helps select what
information will be processed.
Difficulties with thinking
or cognitive skills such as these are formally
identified through a neuropsychological assessment.
A neuropsychologist can help devise compensatory and
management strategies (such as those above) that are suitable for
the individual child and their particular cognitive strengths and
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