Once apraxia has been identified treatment should commence which aims to improve the person�s functional abilities where possible. Physiotherapy treatment may include:
Physiotherapy can also help to address the physical problems that may be present alongside apraxia such as the weakness and impaired movements that may occur after a stroke. Our physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment of your needs to give a holistic approach to treatment. We will liaise with your relatives or carers on what they can do to help in between treatment sessions to help you achieve your goals.
- Identifying the specific difficulties encountered
- Teaching the person compensatory strategies such as verbalising the steps of the task and carrying them out at the same time or writing down the steps of the task.
- Teaching verbal or physical cues for the person�s carer to assist in the task
- Practising the task by breaking it down into components until the person is successful
- Sensory stimulation
- Gait training
- Referral to occupational or speech therapy if necessary
- Providing advice on appropriate equipment to increase functional independence