Praxis refers to learned motor activity. In other words, praxis is the generation of volitional movement for the performance of a particular action or towards achieving a goal. Today, we recommend five exercises to improve praxis.
Different types of praxis include:
- Ideomotor praxis: the ability to perform intentional movements or simple gestures.
- Ideational praxis: the ability to manipulate objects/tools in a sequence of motor actions involving knowledge of object function, knowledge of action, and knowledge of serial order.
- Facial praxis: the ability to perform intentional movements or gestures with different parts of the face: lips, tongue, eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, etc.
- Visuoconstructive praxis: the ability to plan and execute the movements necessary to organize a series of elements in space to draw or copy a figure.
When do we use praxis?
Any motor activity involves using this cognitive function. Basic activities such as talking, smiling, walking, or getting dressed all involve this ability.
5 Exercises to improve praxis with your patients
Last week, we recommended 5 cognitive stimulation worksheets to improve gnosis and today, we recommend five exercises to improve praxis.
This first activity targets ideational praxis.This exercise involves dressing a doll figure appropriately, taking into account both the part of the body where each item of clothing goes and dressing in a sequential fashion, as well as selecting clothing appropriate to occasion (whether it is hot or cold outside, to go to the beach or the mountain, etc.).
In this activity specifically designed for children, kids must move the pieces of the image until they create a complete image.This exercise targets visuoconstructive praxis, planning, and spatial relations.
Can the kids put it together correctly?
This should be the resulting image:
This activity developed by NeuronUP is also available for adults and has a very similar format but is adapted to their age. Adults must put the given piecestogether to create an image.
As withall games of our platform, the therapist can select the level of difficulty according to the needs of each patient. The following is an example of a basic level worksheet:
If you would like to try more NeuronUP exercises to train your patients, request our free demo by clicking here:
Additionally, as with all NeuronUP generators, the therapist can customize the activity. In this case, the therapist can select:
- Size: number of rows and columns.
- Difficulty: maximum and minimum number of steps.
- Maximum length of wrong paths.
Can your clients find the way out? We provide the solution on our Instagram. See solution
Finish the drawings
Complete the Symmetrical Drawings
“Symmetrical drawings” is the last exercise to train praxis that we are presenting today. If you would like to try more NeuronUP exercises to train your patients, request our free demo by clicking here:
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