First of its Kind

The Hartman Center is the first medical center in the United States offering the ABI Wellness Program, the evidence-based cognitive remediation platform with measurable outcomes for brain injuries, from concussion to mTBI and ABI.

HCFN Cognitive Brain
Training Platforms

Our three unique platforms Essential / Integrative / Intensive are each specifically tailored to address cognitive deficiencies resulting from brain injuries.

Cognitive Training

Cognitive Training

Using the world-renowned BrainEx™ program, BEARS targets four areas of the brain that are responsible for executive functioning. Three exercises – Symbol Thinking, Nonverbal Thinking and Predicative Speech – help to restore a patient’s ability to organize, plan and set goals, in addition to building cognitive capacities in verbal memory, verbal retrieval, reasoning and enhancing overall self-awareness.

Symbol Relations

Symbolic Thinking

Non-Verbal Thinking

Predicative Speech

Cardio Program

Cardio Program

Backed by thorough research, BEARS includes programmatic exercise and physical activity to regulate mood and anxiety. This aerobic exercise program plays a vital role in preparing the brain for more effective cognitive recovery. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise alone has been found to improve mood and executive functioning for patients with brain injuries.

Mindfulness Curriculum

Mindfulness Curriculum

Fatigue is one of the longest-lasting symptoms of brain injury, affecting daily function. That's why an integral part of BEARS are guided mindfulness exercises aimed to reduce depressive symptoms, overall stress and fatigue in patients with traumatic brain injury. These 10-15 minutes daily meditation exercises can also decrease pain intensity and increase energy levels.

Progress Tracking

Progress Tracking

As a BEARS certified provider, our facilitators have access to our fully-automated tools to analyze and report real-time patient activity and satisfactory tracking. This "quality of life" tracking system allows facilitators to monitor changes in each patient's daily life throughout treatment. Through this digital progress tracking, quality of patient care is greatly improved.

Time Commitment

Virtual Option

Essential®

Our foundational platform targets concussion and mild to moderate brain injuries.

2 hours per day

3 days per week

3-5 months recommended minimum

Integrative®

Our customized platform targets a range of brain injuries, from concussion to mTBI and ABI (acquired brain injuries).

1 of 4:
Based on Clinical Assessment

2 hours per day

3 days per week

4-6 months recommended minimum

Intensive®

Our most comprehensive platform targets moderate to severe mTBI and ABI (acquired brain injuries).

5 hours per day

4 days per week

6-9 months recommended minimum

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The 4 Pillars
of ABI Wellness

HCFN Cognitive Brain Training Platforms powered by ABI Wellness 4 Pillar BEARS™ (Brains Enhance and Recovery System) which uses Cognitive Training, Cardio Program, Mindfulness Curriculum, and Progress Tracking, that forms the foundation to our unique platforms: Essential/Integrative/Intensive.

Cognitive Training

Using the world-renowned BrainEx™ program, BEARS™ (Brain Enhance And Recovery System) targets four areas of the brain that are responsible for executive functioning. Three exercises – Symbol Thinking, Nonverbal Thinking and Predicative Speech – help to restore a patient’s ability to organize, plan and set goals, in addition to building cognitive capacities in verbal memory, verbal retrieval, reasoning and enhancing overall self-awareness.

Mindfulness Curriculum

Fatigue is one of the longest-lasting symptoms of brain injury, affecting daily function. That's why an integral part of BEARS is guided mindfulness exercises aimed to reduce depressive symptoms, overall stress and fatigue in patients with traumatic brain injury. These 10-15 minutes daily meditation exercises can also decrease pain intensity and increase energy levels.

Progress Tracking

As a BEARS certified provider, our facilitators have access to our fully-automated tools to analyze and report real-time patient activity and satisfactory tracking. This "quality of life" tracking system allows facilitators to monitor changes in each patient's daily life throughout treatment. Through this digital progress tracking, the quality of patient care is greatly improved.

Aerobic Exercise

Backed by thorough research, BEARS includes programmatic exercise and physical activity to regulate mood and anxiety. This aerobic exercise program plays a vital role in preparing the brain for more effective cognitive recovery. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise alone has been found to improve mood and executive functioning for patients with brain injuries.

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Where We Started

It's Simple Science

There is an intimate relationship between our brain and body, the foundation of our physical and emotional well-being. When there is disintegration in how your brain and body communicate, your health is affected.

Historically

The perspective of traumatic and acquired brain injuries has been that the brain is unchangeable, hard-wired, and that function (diagnosed-defined) cannot be altered if damaged or limited. Brain injuries and the cognitive consequences of these injuries have been permanent and lifelong. They will lead to limited independence and the ability to return to work or school without accommodations and modifications.

Current

Science has revealed that the brain is changeable – Neuroplasticity – both mature and developing minds are continually reorganizing. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to modify, change, and adapt in both structure and function throughout life and in response to experiences. We have now discovered that cognitive remediation is achievable.

Classifications of
Brain Injuries

Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Concussion — A type of mild TBI that may be considered a temporary injury to the brain but could take minutes to several months to heal.

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are caused by external factors, such as a forceful bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, or an object that pierces the skull and enters the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI.

Stroke / Non-Traumatic (Acquired) Brain Injury (ABI)

A brain injury caused by something that happens inside the body or a substance introduced into the body damages brain tissues, such as stroke, aneurysm, brain tumor, opioid overdose, meningitis, and encephalitis, and hematoma.

The individual either suddenly loses consciousness or has a suddenly altered state of consciousness or awareness.

Post-concussion syndrome involves symptoms that last for weeks or longer following a concussion.

A bump, blow, or jolt to the head, sports injury or fall, motor vehicle accident, weapons blast, or rapid acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull (such as the person having been violently shaken) can cause a concussion.

Moderate brain injuries may experience unconsciousness up to 24 hours, have signs of brain trauma, contusions, bleeding, and signs of injury found on neuroimaging.

Severe brain injury may experience unconsciousness exceeding 24 hours (coma), no sleep/wake cycle during the loss of consciousness, and signs of injury appear on neuroimaging tests.

Falls, assaults, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries.

Non-Traumatic (Acquired)  Brain Injuries (ABI) injuries cause damage to the brain by internal factors, such as a lack of oxygen, exposure to toxins, pressure from a tumor, etc.

Stroke, near-drowning, aneurysm, tumor, an infectious disease that affects the brain (i.e., meningitis), lack of oxygen supply to the brain (i.e., heart attack)