How to manage perceptual problems


Our brain understands our environment from our senses:

  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Sight
  • Hearing

This is how we collect information that is around us. This is called ‘perception’. 

Doing simple activities can be hard if your perception has changed. 

Changes in your perception are often difficult to recognize as they are not as easily seen as physical changes after stroke. Sometimes people may expect too much from you or get frustrated because you are not doing things the usual way.


What types of perceptual problems are common after a stroke?

Below are types of perception problems a person can experience after a stroke and some strategies that can help to manage these changes in your perception. An Occupational Therapist can work with you to help improve these areas and offer strategies tailored to your specific needs.