Mind-Body Coordination (Motor Apraxia)

With motor apraxia, the person is unable to carry out the action they were asked to do even though they understand what you want them to do, they can describe what they need to do, and they have the physical ability to do it. Sometimes the person will not be able to do the task when asked to begin, but with the right environmental cue, they may do the action spontaneously. Sometimes they can do the action, and other times they cannot. 

In a gallery or museum setting, the participant may not be able to wash their hands when asked, but later, when they are in front of the sink, they turn on the tap and wash their hands spontaneously. When asked to paint, the participant is unable to, but at another time, they may spontaneously pick up the paint brush and paint.

This is important because as a facilitator you can use use your knowledge and the things you observe to know when and how to help. Over a few sessions, you will get to know your participants, and will have a better understanding of how you can best assist them.  We will discuss this more in Module 4: Approach.