Praxis refers to learned motor activity. In other words, praxis is the generation of volitional movement for the performance of a particular action or towards achieving a goal.
Different types of praxis include:
As explained above, praxis is the ability to execute movement. When we walk, get dressed, or perform any motor activity, we use this ability; the inability to perform these actions is called apraxia. Praxis also involves knowledge of objects and tools as they relate to their functions, as well as knowledge of the actions to be carried out to manipulate an object or to perform a task.
Praxis is therefore a crucial part in our daily life because any action involves this ability. This ability is required in order to carry out simple yet important activities such as smiling or talking, tasks that apraxic individuals are unable to perform.
At NeuronUP, we have designed basic activities to rehabilitate praxis: for visuoconstructive praxis, there is copying a series of figures; for ideomotor praxis, there is pantomiming/demonstrating tool use, either on command or by imitation, to adjust task difficulty to individual needs.