– Spatial / Visuospatial Performance

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Spatial / Visuospatial Performance: Cognitive Training Concept #2

Remember, these can be done on their own, but visuospatial performance training will be more effective when paired with some type of focused movement.

“Take me from one place to another”

Example #1: Start at your current location. Have them imagine they are getting in their car and driving to their place of work, their home, their favorite restaurant, etc. Have them describe every part of the trip in the greatest detail possible:

  • Street names
    • Number of blocks or miles to the next turn
    • Is there a stoplight or stop sign at each turn?
    • Which direction will they go at each turn?
    • What landmarks do they pass on the way?

Example #2: Obstacle course

Here is another exercise to train visuospatial and proprioceptive awareness.

  • Set up an obstacle course
  • Include objects to step onto
  • Include objects to step over or to go around
    • i.e., cones and hurdles of various heights (perhaps 5-8 inches in height)
    • a wobble board
    • an airex pad
    • include some type of step-up platform or stairs
    • include a doorway
    • set up an agility ladder

Exercise #3: Hand-eye coordination

Adding a cognitive challenge during the games will stimulate the deeper brain:

  • Play badminton
  • Play basketball
  • Play tennis
  • Play volleyball
  • Play ping pong (or table tennis)

Exercise #4: Virtual reality and augmented reality

If you have the tools available, try virtual reality or augmented reality gaming. Imaging shows that numerous areas of the brain light up and become active throughout the duration of the game. The more the brain lights up, the more likely new neural pathways are being created.

Boxing while describing the route from the gym to his home

Performing a specific striking pattern while reciting the route from his house to his neurologist’s office