When working PRN at a SNF, I often encounter patients with deficits that are apparent but have activities that are limited. Today when I was working with a patient who had apparent working memory deficits, I got an idea that took very little time to prep. I had my tablet with me of course, so as the patient was doing a problem solving task using the parquetry board by Melissa and Doug, I took a few seconds to create some patterns of my own and snap pictures of them.
I started with something easy and had the patient create it on a white piece of paper.
My instructions were:
1. Study the picture for 30 seconds.
2. Use the pieces provided (this patient was at a fairly high cognitive level so I gave her the entire box).
3. Recreate the pattern from memory.