The neuropsychological rehabilitation of visual agnosia and Balint’s syndrome

Heutink, J., Indorf, D. L. & Cordes, C., 26-Nov-2019, In : Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 29, 10, p. 1489-1508 20 p.

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Visual agnosia and Balint’s syndrome are complex neurological disorders of the higher visual system that can have a remarkable impact on individuals’ lives. Rehabilitation of these individuals is important to enable participation in everyday activities despite the impairment. However, the literature about the rehabilitation of these disorders is virtually silent. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review is to give an overview of available literature describing treatment approaches and their effectiveness with regard to these disorders. The search engines Psychinfo, Amed, and Medline were used, resulting in 22 articles meeting the criteria for inclusion. Only articles describing acquired disorders were considered. These articles revealed that there is some information available on the major subtypes of visual agnosia as well as on Balint’s syndrome which practising clinicians can consult for guidance. With regard to the type of rehabilitation, compensatory strategies have proven to be beneficial in most of the cases. Restorative training on the other hand has produced mixed results. Concluding, although still scarce, a scientific foundation about the rehabilitation of visual agnosia and Balint’s syndrome is evolving. The available approaches give valuable information that can be built upon in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1508
Number of pages20
JournalNeuropsychological Rehabilitation
Issue number10
Early online date24-Jan-2018
Publication statusPublished - 26-Nov-2019



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