Right - Left Discrimination Problem

Posted by Dee @danielad, Mar 9, 2019

Hello all — I have an issue with right-left discrimination. I wonder if anyone can provide any information or suggestions on ways to address this problem?

I am ambidextrous and have always had a small issue with discriminating right and left. However, following a head concussion (fall on wet deck) in May 2018, this problem has become much more pronounced. My neurologist suggested I use "Right-Left Discrimination Workbooks" — Tried to find them on line, but did not have any success! He also recommended I see a speech therapist for Cognitive Therapy for working memory. I don't have any language issue; however, it seems that speech therapists are the ones doing "Cognitive Therapy". My first appointment is in a week.

Thank you for any help! — Dee

Tie a brightly colored string to your finger of one of your hands, which ever hand you favor, your left or right, to orient yourself, or wear a rubber band around your wrist, left or right. Find visual land marks in your neighborhood???? On paper, put an x on the right side, etc. Do visual things to make up for the fact that your brain is confused…..

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Great advice @lorirenee1! Yes, that will help! Visual landmarks … YES! Thanks!

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Hi Daniela @danielad, thanks for the private message. I thought I would respond in your new discussion. I had not heard of right-left discrimination but was able to find a good YouTube video that may be helpful.

Right/Left Discrimination Sarah Potter,OTAS

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Here are a few more links I found that may be helpful.

Left/Right Discrimination
http://www.gradedmotorimagery.com/left-right-discriminiation.html

Free Directionality Worksheets
https://www.yourtherapysource.com/blog1/2017/11/26/directionality-worksheet/

FREE – Left Right Arrows Worksheet | TpT FREE LESSONS | Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5911043237168264/

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Thank you John @johnbishop! I will review the links and video now. Thanks again! Daniela

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@danielad

Great advice @lorirenee1! Yes, that will help! Visual landmarks … YES! Thanks!

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You are most welcome! Lori Renee

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Hi, @danielad – since your left-right discrimination problem was mostly prompted by a concussion, I'd like to also bring in @lrbrush @willbc and @lakelifelady for any input they may have on ways to address an issue with right-left discrimination. @hopeful33250 may also have some thoughts.

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Thank you very much Lisa @lisalucier. I am soooo frustrated!!! I am having the hardest time finding a "competent" therapist! According to my neuro-psycological tests findings (Nov 2018), I need to do "Cognitive Rehabilitation"; however, my neurologist first referred me to a "Speech Therapist", then to a Physical Therapist. I need a Neuropsychologist who is trained in doing "Cognitive Rehabilitation", specifically in dealing with working memory and right-left discrimination issues. Living in the DC/Northern Virginia Area you would think this wouldn't be such a huge problem, but …. Have yet to find one!!

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@johnbishop

Here are a few more links I found that may be helpful.

Left/Right Discrimination
http://www.gradedmotorimagery.com/left-right-discriminiation.html

Free Directionality Worksheets
https://www.yourtherapysource.com/blog1/2017/11/26/directionality-worksheet/

FREE – Left Right Arrows Worksheet | TpT FREE LESSONS | Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5911043237168264/

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Hello John @johnbishop. Have looked at the websites you sent and what I found out is that I have a REAL big problem with right-left discrimination! My brain appears to have been "rewired" to think my left is my right … and my right is my left. Not only, but if I am driving, walking, or doing anything, I will turn left instead of right because my NEW right IS my left! Have you ever heard of anything like that? It is not something that happens once in a while, it is a constant thing. So I am constantly second-guessing myself. I think that I am way past the stage of simple solutions. I believe I need REAL Cognitive Rehab. What are your thoughts on the matter? Thanks!

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@danielad

Hello John @johnbishop. Have looked at the websites you sent and what I found out is that I have a REAL big problem with right-left discrimination! My brain appears to have been "rewired" to think my left is my right … and my right is my left. Not only, but if I am driving, walking, or doing anything, I will turn left instead of right because my NEW right IS my left! Have you ever heard of anything like that? It is not something that happens once in a while, it is a constant thing. So I am constantly second-guessing myself. I think that I am way past the stage of simple solutions. I believe I need REAL Cognitive Rehab. What are your thoughts on the matter? Thanks!

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Dee @danielad, I found a link on Psychology Today website that lists therapist in Maclean, VA but it has more selection/search options that you might be able to use to find one that can help you.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/testing-and-evaluation/va/mclean

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@johnbishop

Dee @danielad, I found a link on Psychology Today website that lists therapist in Maclean, VA but it has more selection/search options that you might be able to use to find one that can help you.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/testing-and-evaluation/va/mclean

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Thanks John @johnbishop! I will start perusing it in a little while!!!

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Sometimes, when in a car giving directions, I say right or left when I mean the opposite and I cannot believe that I did that. My brain knows which way is which but I see one way and say the other. I do an eye to hand exercise where I move my hand back and forth in front of my face and follow with my eyes. Or I sit in a chair and move my eyes back and forth, up and down following my hand.

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@lakelifelady

Sometimes, when in a car giving directions, I say right or left when I mean the opposite and I cannot believe that I did that. My brain knows which way is which but I see one way and say the other. I do an eye to hand exercise where I move my hand back and forth in front of my face and follow with my eyes. Or I sit in a chair and move my eyes back and forth, up and down following my hand.

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Hi @lakelifelady and THANK YOU for the information. Hope it helps me to "retrain"my brain! Though, unlike you — Are you ready for this? Well … following the concussion, I "don't know" which is Right and which is Left! In other words, my brain thinks "RIGHT"; I say "RIGHT", but I move my "LEFT" hand (or vice-versa)! Then I look at the other hand and wonder if I moved the correct one … It is NOT easy these days, because I am constantly second-guessing myself! So I always ask someone to tell me … I sound pretty idiotic; can you just imagine what people think when I ask: "… is this my right hand or the left one?". Most of the times I laugh at myself, but honestly, it is pretty frustrating! So thank you for the exercise tip. I am going to start working on it right away!! 🙂

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@danielad

Hello John @johnbishop. Have looked at the websites you sent and what I found out is that I have a REAL big problem with right-left discrimination! My brain appears to have been "rewired" to think my left is my right … and my right is my left. Not only, but if I am driving, walking, or doing anything, I will turn left instead of right because my NEW right IS my left! Have you ever heard of anything like that? It is not something that happens once in a while, it is a constant thing. So I am constantly second-guessing myself. I think that I am way past the stage of simple solutions. I believe I need REAL Cognitive Rehab. What are your thoughts on the matter? Thanks!

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@danielad Dee if you are driving you might want to put a sticker saying Left on your dash or windshield closest to your door and Right above the center of your dash. It would make for safer driving especially in an area you're not familiar with. Should make following directions easier?

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@pearlbaby7

@danielad Dee if you are driving you might want to put a sticker saying Left on your dash or windshield closest to your door and Right above the center of your dash. It would make for safer driving especially in an area you're not familiar with. Should make following directions easier?

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Thanks @pearlbaby7! Great idea! Because when driving, it is all about safety! I have "trained" my poor husband to not "tell" me to go or turn Right or Left, but "show" me by using sweeping "Hand Gestures" … He is such a good sport … and sooo helpful!!!

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