The performance of learned motor tasks involves the ability to complete many of the activities of daily living including personal hygiene and meal preparation. As a result, the presence of apraxic deficits can result in the loss of independence for many patients. While physical rehabilitation may improve other associated neurological deficits following head trauma or stroke, the presence of apraxia can make occupational rehabilitation difficult because the patient will have difficulty in performing these skilled tasks. Although there is significant interest in cognitive rehabilitation, little is presently known about the rehabilitation of patients with apraxia. The clinician must thus inform the patient and caregivers that the apractic patient should avoid participating in activities in which he or she may injure himself or others. Occupational therapy and counseling may be useful for the patient and caregiver to teach various compensatory strategies. There is no pharmacological therapy that has been shown to be useful in treating apraxia.
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