Sample Activities / Exercises for Stroke patients

Cognitive rehabilitation is crucial for recovery after stroke.  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 the following 15 stroke rehab exercises designed by NeuronUP:

  • 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.

  • Find the Monument - This exercise for stroke recovery aims 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.

  • 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.  This exercise is designed for training sustained attention and selective attention, as well as hemineglect, spatial relations, and processing speed.  The model is on the right side and the bookcase is on the left. Would your stroke patients know how to organize it correctly?

  • Select Items from a Category - This stroke rehab exercise is ideal for improving selective attention and semantic memory. The activity involves selecting several specific items among a group of stimuli. In the next picture, for instance, patients must identify all the pieces of furniture.

  • 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.

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  • Matching Words to Category - Matching Words to Category’ is other of the exercises for stroke patients. Patients must try to match words to the category to which they belong. This activity is aimed at training semantic memory.

  • Matching Cards - This activity consists of finding the matching pairs among the face-down cards. This exercise targets episodic memory, selective attention, and working memory.

  • Bottle Caps - This cognitive rehabilitation exercise involves arranging the moving bottle caps in ascending order. This activity is perfect for improving working memory, sustained attention, hemineglect, and inhibition.

  • Hangman - ‘Hangman’ is a language learning game that consists of guessing an unknown word, one letter at a time. This activity targets vocabulary and working memory.

  • Task sequencing - The idea of this NeuronUP worksheet is simple: to order the steps necessary to perform an activity. This post-stroke rehab exercise improves cognitive functions such as planning, comprehension, and reasoning.

  • Obscured Objects - Stroke survivors must recognize partially obscured objects. This exercise targets visual gnosis and semantic memory.

  • Angles -This exercise invites patients to form the angle displayed in the model by using the given reference line. This activity helps stroke patients improve their spatial relations and hemineglect.

  • Emotion recognition - This is other of the exercises for stroke patients involves recognizing emotion from the depicted facial expressions and matching them to their definition. This is an ideal activity to improve social cognition, vocabulary, and reasoning.

  • Getting Dressed - After a stroke, patients will find practicing this activity of daily living useful. Patients must dress a doll figure appropriately, by considering 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. This activity focuses on procedural memory, body schema, ideational praxis, semantic memory, and planning.

  • Dishwasher - In this activity, a simulator is used to learn how to use a dishwasher by selecting the different programs accordingly. This activity improves planning.

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