This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Apraxia” and will be hosted by Terese Lebedis of the Stroke Forum of the RCOT Neurological specialist section (@OTStrokeSSNP).
This is the third #OTalk chat to be hosted by the Stroke Forum of the Specialist Section Neurological Practice. This weeks chat will be supported by consultant occupational therapist, Therese Lebedis.
Apraxia is a cognitive motor planning disorder. It is a disorder of skilled voluntary movement which is not primarily due to a motor, sensory or comprehension impairment. Apraxia is commonly seen in people with left hemisphere stroke and other neurological disorders. It has a significant impact on recovery from stroke and on the potential for people to achieve independent living. Occupational therapists have a key role to play in the identification, treatment and support of people with apraxia.
Some questions to consider…
1) How would you identify if a person with stroke has apraxia?
2) What types of apraxia would you generally see in a person with stroke?
3) In what ways can apraxia affect people’s occupational performance?
4) What interventions do you know of that are most helpful?