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Activities for Frontal Lobe Injury

By Crystal Welch

The frontal lobe area of your brain is located directly behind your forehead. This lobe area helps with your impulse control, language, divergent thinking, mental flexibility, memory, spontaneity, motor function, problem solving and decision making, according to Centre for Neuro Skills. Frontal lobe injury activities concentrate on improving and recoverying your abilities in these affected areas. Choose from a variety of activities to prevent boredom.

Dancing

Physical activity plays an essential role in brain health and recuperation from a brain injury, according to Brain Training and the Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Center. Aerobic exercise provides a safe rehabilitative activity. Exercise can help recover some neurological abilities and skills that were lost due to the injury. Exercise can help correct chemical imbalances in your brain. Physical activity can decrease cognitive decline and age-related memory loss, and increase problem-solving, concentration, attention and memory abilities. Engaging in activities that help solve spatial problems, such as dancing, will help keep the frontal lobe active, according to Brain Training. Dancing is considered an aerobic and social activity by the American Heart Association. Social activity plays a vital role in frontal lobe injury rehabilitation, according to the Centre for Neural Skills.

Learning New Things

Stimulating your mind by learning new things can help the frontal lobe, according to Brain Training. Activities that are beneficial for frontal lobe activity include playing a musical instrument, learning new songs, engaging in sports and games and languages. Learning and speaking foreign languages helps stimulate frontal lobe functioning, according to Sharp Brains. Becoming bilingual, speaking and using more than one language, helps you respond better to stimuli.

Puzzles

Puzzles can improve memory, language and attention, according to Disabled World. Playing word games such as crossword puzzles can help improve language skills. Frontal lobe injury can affect language skills, according to the Centre for Neuro Skills. Rehabilitation should include advancing levels of difficulty to gain benefit , according to Disabled World. Word games can be useful as brain exercises for rehabilitation of injuries, particularly those that progressively increase in word length and difficulty, ensuring a challenging environment. Word games encourage language usage and development, memory, task development, task progression and learning skills. Games can also encourage positive brain change by strengthening and/or redeveloping neural pathways of injury patients.

Obstacle Courses

Obstacle courses help with spatial problem-solving skills, an important functioning of the frontal lobe area, according to Brain Training. Using obstacle courses will also increase memory abilities and deductive reasoning skills, particularly when the routine is varied to ensure challenge and full engagement of frontal lobe activity.

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