– Direct Recall

(see video demos below)

Direct Recall: Cognitive Training Concept #1: Here are some direct recall cognitive exercise examples to pair with focused movement:

  • Recite the alphabet
  • Recite the alphabet backwards (yes, we have people who do this perfectly)
  • Name a country – have the client spell the country – then, spell it backwards
  • Name a country and have the client name the capital of that country. Spell the capital and then spell it backwards
  • Name their favorite movies. Have them name who starred in each movie
  • Name favorite musicians or bands
  • Name the USA presidents. Start with the current and name the predecessor of each as far back as they can
  • Name vice presidents and do the same
  • Do math equations
  • Name every car make and model they have owned beginning with their present car and going back to their first car
  • Name every country they have traveled to
  • Name every major city they have traveled to
  • Have them count forwards or backwards in increments (here are examples):
    • Count forwards incrementally (i.e., by 3’s – 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, etc.)
    • Count backwards from 247 by 6’s or 9’s or any increment
    • While counting, change it up and cue the client to count backwards by 4’s, 11’s, 12’s or any increment
    • Progress with more difficult counting, for example:
      • Count backwards from 742 by 6’s. change it up at some point and count backwards by a different increment
      • Change that up and have them count forward in various increments and then count backwards again
  • Name body parts and spell each of them
  • If they know anatomy, challenge them with anatomy questions
  • Name and spell every kitchen appliance you can think of

Find out interests and hobbies and get creative with additional direct recall challenges. Here are examples of a few interests I have encountered:

  • Cars
  • Sports (teams, players, stats)
  • Travel
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Flowers
  • Dogs
  • Birds
  • Music (musicians, songs, bands, etc.)
  • Broadway shows
  • Television shows
  • Movies
  • Astronomy
  • Economics
  • Art
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Reading

Cognitive Training and PD Introduction

Cognitive Training Lecture Presentation

Direct Recall during Perturbation Training

This gentlemen is doing the Infinity Walk He’s focusing on the yellow agility dot while walking a figure 8 pattern. This accomplishes many things: he’s moving, his head is turning (activating the vestibular system), his eyes are tracking (activating the visual system), and he’s performing direct recall cognitive training by reciting the alphabet backwards

This lady has PD (in addition to Pisa Tower Syndrome). She’s alternating punches while performing direct recall cognitive training. Always to what your client CAN do, not what they can’t. She is often unable to stand unassisted, so we did this exercise in a seated position.

Jerry is doing many things here: balancing on a wobble board, performing a hand-eye coordination exercise, and spelling the names of various cities – backwards.

Crossover Rotations w/ Direct Recall training: saying the alphabet backwards