Note this is from a personal perspective of having this clustering syndrome
Definition of Hemispatial Neglect
Hemispatial neglect, also called hemiagnosia, hemineglect, unilateral neglect, spatial neglect, contralateral neglect,unilateral visual inattention, hemi-inattention, neglect syndrome or contralateral hemispatialagnosia is a neuropsychological condition in which, after damage to one hemisphere of the brain is sustained, a deficit in attention to and awareness of one side of space is observed. It is defined by the inability of a person to process and perceive stimuli on one side of the body or environment that is not due to a lack of sensation. Hemispatial neglect is very commonly contralateral to the damaged hemisphere, but instances of ipsilesional neglect (on the same side as the lesion) have been reported.
The factors that can be picked up is when I speak the right side of my mouth doesn’t rise and fall (giving it a crooked appearance) this also can happen when I smile as well as the eyebrow on the right side not rising and muscles looking lax and frozen.
If look at the picture to your left (left and right are reversed) you can see the difference in brain activity.
Note – the mouth and eyebrow on the side I am “connected with”
Left Hemisphere Brain Injury
Part of my Autism Fruit Salad is brain injury this was no doubt in the womb and compacted by complications such as fetal distress, silent stroke, cerebral hypoxia and placental abruption this would also explain the fact that I am blind to the the right side of my body this also includes
- Hemimotor neglect (my lower right leg stiffens and looks rigid giving a lack of flow to my walk)
- Homonymous hemianopsia (gaze shift and “processing” half my visual field)
- Mirror agnosia (for years I thought things in the mirror were within my grasp and didn’t connect that person in the mirror was me until I was 16 years old)
- Topographical Disorientation (“whereness” of my body in relation to my surroundings)
What has helped?
- Cycling and Riding Bicycles
- Walking on Different Terrains
- Drawing & Creative Activities
- Hand Writing
- Tinted Lenses
- Positive Attitude
Integration of the the neglected hemisphere could certainly be a start and could help not only with learning and experiencing new skills but also assist in good mental health also. (of course strategies will be very much person-centred).
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014