Digital Exercises for Stroke Patients

HappyNeuron Pro offers many digital exercises for stroke patients with aphasia. Aphasia occurs when a stroke occurs in the left hemisphere. Our exercises for language target verbal memory, fluency, and verbal reasoning skills. Here are some of our most popular digital exercises for stroke patients with aphasia.

This exercise tests your patient’s ability to put together words from fragments. Your client must pick a category they are interested in, and then they will be presented with a mixture of word fragments that, when connected, make a word pertaining to the category given. Vocabulary and verbal memory will come in handy when thinking about potential solutions to help your client not get lost in the sea of word fragments.

After a stroke, people with left hemisphere damage often have trouble producing speech. In this exercise, the first two letters of a word are given, and your client must produce a given number of nouns that use the first two letters provided. This exercise not only helps reinforce and reteach vocabulary, but also helps your client practice articulating the words that they would like to say.

In this exercise, your client will be given a category and have to find a word within a sea of letters that pertains to that category. Semantic knowledge and vocabulary are challenged in this exercise, as are word formation skills. This exercise can help your client practice word retrieval as well as word recognition.

Some people with aphasia may also have trouble reading and understanding language. In this exercise, your client is presented with poetry or prose verses that have some missing words. Your client must correctly place words from a word bank into the blank spaces so that the prose or poetry verses are complete and make sense. This exercise challenges your client to think about grammatical rules, sentence structure, and word meanings.

People with aphasia may also have difficulty with language comprehension. In this exercise, your client will listen to a series of voice messages, and must recall the information disclosed within each voicemail message. This exercise also requires your client to utilize their working memory in order to store the information shared during the voice messages for later use.

A stroke may also impair a person’s visual perceptual abilities. This happens when a stroke damages the parietal lobe, which is responsible for sensory processing. HappyNeuron Pro offers many digital exercises for stroke patients that target the areas of visual attention, spatial memory, and visual-spatial skills.

For some people with stroke, a visual scene may blend, which can become very overwhelming, especially when a person is looking for specific visual information. In this exercise, your client must disentangle a complex figure into its components. This exercise will teach your client strategies to distinguish different parts of a figure from a whole and use this information to make decisions. 

Understanding spatial relationships are important for visual perception. In this exercise, your client will first see a random letter, followed by an X, followed by a red dot. Your client must determine if the dot was placed higher or lower than the X. While this exercise seems easy, it becomes more challenging as the time between stimuli decreases and the client must respond quickly. This exercise will help your client focus on vanishing stimuli, make quick decisions, and quickly perceive spatial relationships between different objects.

Coordination is impaired in many people who experience a stroke. Oftentimes, people with stroke may also have difficulty using one side of their body. This exercise is a great exercise for physical therapists to use to help their clients practice using both sides of their body and motor coordination skills. In this exercise, your client must “catch” a ladybug that moves on the screen. Sometimes, there may be distractor bugs present. Your client must then ensure that they only catch ladybugs and no distractor bugs. This exercise helps your client to learn to distinguish between different stimuli, focus on a target stimulus, and respond quickly. For physical therapists, reap coordination and motor skill benefits with your client by having them perform this exercise on a tablet with both hands. 

Detecting and perceiving the movement of objects can be complex after experiencing a stroke. In this exercise, your client will see several fireflies dancing on the screen. The fireflies will make a specific pattern, and your client must pick out which pattern the fireflies are making. This exercise requires that your client attends to the whole screen, pays attention to the movements of multiple objects, and uses clues from the answer choices to determine the correct pattern. This exercise may help your client with stroke detect and perceive the movement of objects in the real world, recognize visual patterns, and attend to multiple visual stimuli at once.

Your client will see two images in this exercise. One image will be a forward-facing view of a set of objects. Next to this image will be a bird’s-eye view of space with different objects. Based on what your client sees in the forward-facing view image, they must determine where they are in space in the bird’s-eye view image. This exercise helps stroke patients learn strategies to better orient themselves in space and how they may use clues from their environment to place themselves to prevent getting lost in new and familiar places.

Stroke survivors often experience memory difficulties, as connections from key brain regions to the hippocampus are disrupted. People who have experienced a stroke may forget appointments, information shared during a doctor’s visit, and forget names and faces of people they see regularly. For many people, this can be very frustrating and cause someone to feel anxious when they are in situations where they must retain information.


HappyNeuron Pro offers many exercises for memory. Here are some of our most popular digital exercises for stroke patients that target memory.

Being able to recall visual information is essential for everyday life, such as remembering what different traffic signs look like and mean. In this exercise, your client will see a coat of arms and then have to reconstruct it from memory. As the exercise becomes more challenging, the coat of arms will become more complex, and your client may have to perform an interference task. This exercise will challenge your client to derive meaning from visual information and create relationships between the different visual pieces available to them to recall them better when needed. 

Meeting new people and even seeing familiar faces after some time can be challenging for anyone. For people with stroke, prosopagnosia, or the inability to recognize faces, may impact their willingness to participate in social events as the inability to remember the names and faces of people may be embarrassing. In this exercise, your patient will be presented with different names and faces of people. They must then correctly identify the people that they have seen and place them around a table. As the exercise progresses, the faces begin to look more similar. This exercise will help your client develop strategies that will help them better recognize the people they encounter in everyday life. 

Recalling words and verbal information is needed in situations such as work, schooling, and running errands. In this exercise, your client must remember a series of words and then pick out the words that they have memorized from a mix of words. While this exercise heavily targets verbal memory, it also challenges your client’s ability to create associations and meanings between different words to recall them better.

Memorizing complex information is best done by chunking or breaking down pieces of information into more manageable bits. Practicing chunking may help your client with stroke be able to remember information better when needed later on. In this exercise, your client must break apart an arrangement of colored dots on a grid. After they memorize the arrangement of the colored dots, they must then correctly place the colored dots on a blank grid in the arrangement they found them in.

Going on a trip can be an exhilarating experience. Recalling details about activities they have done may be challenging for people with stroke. In this exercise, your client can pick itineraries of some of the most favored destinations by travelers. Your client will be presented with the travel itinerary, the picture of famous sites to see, and the names of the destinations they have “visited.” They must then recall the order of the destinations they have visited, the pictures corresponding to the sites they saw, and the names of those places. This exercise targets visual and verbal memory and teaches your clients strategies to help them during life situations, such as recalling the steps taken while performing an activity such as cooking and how they were able to get from one destination to another. 

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