Spatial awareness

What is it?

Trouble understanding what we see and where the object is in space.


How can it affect you?

  • You may misjudge the height of stairs
  • You may knock items over when trying to reach for them
  • You may bump into things when moving around
  • You may trip over loose rugs or uneven pavement
  • You may reach too far or too short for objects
  • You may miss the edge of the chair when you sit down
  • You can be at risk for falls and injury


Strategies for you and your caregiver

  • Use visual cues: Place fluorescent or bright-colored tape at the edge of steps and on the lip of the bathtub
  • Use non-spill cups/bottles
  • Keep your environment free of clutter