How is spatial neglect due to a stroke treated?

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Raul Guisado, MD
Neurology
Spatial neglect can be difficult to treat. In general, most patients will improve without treatment over time, says neurologist Raul Guisado, MD, of Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Learn steps you can take to improve recovery.
Patient education is vital to treatment of spatial neglect: it is important for the person to acknowledge, at least to some degree, that he or she is ignoring one side of the environment. A cognitive therapist may teach a person to avoid obstacles on the side of the body with neglect, or to locate silverware on one side of the plate. A speech and language pathologist may place a red line down the side of a book to help the person's eyes track all the way to that marker while reading. Caregivers and family members can help by setting important objects (food, writing implements) on the neglected side of the patient to train the patient to focus more on that side.

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