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Constructional Apraxia

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Constructional dyspraxia

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Constructional apraxia is an inability to reproduce patterns or join component parts into a whole. This condition is assessed through observation of a patient completing activities such as drawing, copying, or building three-dimensional objects (Lezak, Howieson, & Loring, 2004). Impairments in processing spatial forms observed in constructional apraxia can occur in the absence of apraxia of singular motor movements (Benton, 1969).

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Recent studies suggest qualitatively different types of constructional apraxia determined by the location of brain insult. In general, patients with right hemisphere impairment make more coordinate type errors (e.g., distance and angular distortions), whereas those with left hemispheric impairment tend to commit categorical errors (e.g., position exchanges and pattern reversals) (Laeng, 2006). Patients with right hemispheric impairment generally experience difficulties with the...

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Byerley, A.K., Davis, A.S. (2011). Constructional Apraxia. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1446

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