Apraxia is when someone can’t do a skilled movement even though his muscle strength, co-ordination, and sensation are normal.
The person knows and understands what he wants to do but can’t organize the movements to do it. He often uses objects incorrectly. He may have trouble:
- folding towels
- putting a letter into an envelope
- putting a belt through the belt loops
- using eating utensils
- putting clothes on in the right order and on the right body part
- recognizing the front and back of clothing
- telling the difference between a toothbrush and a hair brush and what to do with them
Tips to help someone with apraxia
- Have him practice writing something he knows, like his name.
- Have him practice using clothing labels to tell the back from the front.
- Put your hand over his and move it through the correct motions to do a task.
- Keep things in the same place in the bathroom at all times.
- Put the belt through the loops before he dresses.
- Be supportive. Explain the problem to him and let him know you understand how hard it is for him.