Route learning; Spatial competence; Spatial orientation; Visuospatial processing
Route finding is the ability to perceive spatial relations between objects and navigate between said objects literally or within a written map-like scenario. It is an ability related to executive functioning. Route-finding difficulties are often found in children with reading disorders, autism, and attentional problems. Route-finding deficits are also common after brain injury and are likely due to defective representational thinking. People with route-finding difficulties often have difficulty with directionality, estimating distance, self-monitoring, symbolic representations, and other executive functions. They may be unable to follow a route or find their way from one location to another.
References and Readings
- Georgemiller, R. (2014). Assessment of route-finding, route-learning, and topographical memory in normal aging. In Clinical gerontology: A guide to assessment and intervention (p. 19–38). Oxfordshire: Routledge.Google Scholar