Cognitive rehabilitation is crucial for recovery after stroke. Therefore, here we provide you with some exercises for stroke patients , perfect for rehabilitation professionals to work with stroke victims.
Exercises for stroke Patients
As explained in a prior post, depending on the sequelae of stroke, patients will undergo cognitive rehabilitation or other therapies, something that will be always determined by a neuropsychologist or an occupational therapist.
To this end, we recommend 15 stroke rehab exercises designed by NeuronUP:
1. Objects, Places, and Professionals
This exercise helps stroke victims improve their spatial orientation. This activity involves connecting different objects to the places where they can be purchased and the professionals who work in these places.
2. Find the Monument
This exercise for stroke recoveryaims at improving attention. It consists of following the directions as quickly as possible until reaching the monument. This activity targets processing speed, sustained attention, working memory, and planning.
3. Organize the Bookcase
This activity involves copying the position of the objects placed in the bookcase just like in the model. Copying them requires a great deal of concentration because the bookcase is in the mirror so the model must be copied in reverse order.
The model is on the right side and the bookcase is on the left. Would your stroke patients know how to organize it correctly?
This should be the result:
4. Select Items from a Category
This stroke rehab exercise is ideal for improving selective attention and semantic memory. The activity involves selecting a number of specific items among a group of stimuli. In the next picture, for instance, patients must identify all the pieces of furniture:
5. Picture Maze
In this exercise, patients recovering from a stroke must travel along a maze of figures to the target square while following various instructions. This activity trains selective attention and alternating attention.
Go from the starting point to the target,all the while alternating these instructions to move:
- Same letter but different size
- Same size but different letter
*You can move neither diagonally nor repeat the same squares.