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kessler foundation prism adaptation treatment (kf-pat) for spatial neglect

Prism Adaptation Therapy- A complete course of treatment for spatial neglect, a common complication of stroke that hinders recovery. Restores neural networks involved with spatial perception to achieve lasting results that enhance recovery in multiple domains.

31100 Kessler Foundation Prism Adaptation Treatment (KF-PAT) Kit
31100R KF-Pat Right-Based Prism Lenses
31100L KF-PAT Left-Based Prism Lenses
31100C KF-PAT Visual Field Occluder
31100S KF-PAT Visual Field Occluder Stand
31100P KF-PAT Position Board
31100U KF-PAT Ruler Board
31100V KF-PAT Visual-Proprioceptive Task (VPT) Box
31100M KF-PAT Manual
31100G KF-PAT Opaque Cape
31100K KF-PAT Kit Binding Strap
31100B KF-PAT Carrying Bag
31100E KF-PAT Eye Mask, Pk/30
31100F Pen - Dry Erase, Red
31100T KF-PAT Laminated Printed Stimuli Sheets, Pk/60
31100N Neck Wraps, Pk/50






  • Affects 30-50% of stroke patients
  • Majority do not realize it
  • Debilitating- Interferes with mobility, self-care, navigation, reading, employment, safety
  • Requires treatment for improvement
  • Improving spatial attention and spatial awareness leads to improvement in other domains


Missing Critical Information Can Have Devastating Consequences


  • Treats neural networks- Sustained improvement
  • Evidence-based- Recommended by medical associations
  • Easy for patients to participate
  • Improvements seen within 10 sessions of 20 minutes



  • Patented portable system
  • Complete system with manual to administer entire course of treatment
  • Ongoing clinical and technical support
  • Extensive research support 

Authors: Peii Chen, PhD & Kimberly Hreha, EdD, OTR/L

Kessler Foundation Prism Adaptation Treatment (KF-PAT) is a complete system to administer prism adaptation treatment for the treatment of spatial neglect.  Prism adaptation uses prism goggles (goggles with lenses tilted either to the right or left) to effect a visuomotor phenomenon (prism adaptation), which improves spatial neglect.  Researchers at Kessler Foundation who developed this device and treatment protocol have conducted extensive research involving federally funded clinical trials that have resulted in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles (see Details Tab for references).  Prism adaptation treatment has been recommended as a frontline treatment for spatial neglect by the American Heart/Stroke Association, the Canadian Stroke Association, and in many meta-analyses and systematic reviews.

Spatial neglect is a syndrome caused by damaged neural networks critical for attention and related functions in the brain.  Because attention, especially spatial attention, is essential for a wide variety of functions, spatial neglect affects many perceptual, cognitive, and motor functions.  Deficits caused by spatial neglect disrupt basic self-care activities (e.g., dressing, grooming), impair postural balance, interfere with reading ability, and impede navigation.

Yet, the majority of the time spatial neglect goes untreated, due to lack of assessment and lack of recognition by the patient due to neurological deficits related to the neglect.

KF-PAT Prism Adaptation Sequence
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The KF-PAT treatment is typically administered over 10 sessions of approximately 20 minutes each.  Patients wear goggles that shift their vision slightly horizontally while reaching for targets presented by the therapist.  Visual feedback regarding the missed target is “sent” to the motor system, which corrects the subsequent attempts to reach towards the target. This process is then repeated with the goggles removed.  Because the patient's motor system had adapted to the image shifted from the actual target by the goggles, the patient is again off-target when reaching for the target, but then adapts to this distortion and is able to again accurately reach to the target. 

This entire process of adaptation helps bring attention and awareness to the neglected side of space and improves symptoms of spatial neglect.  The benefits of this treatment compared to others is that:
  1. Improvements occur automatically.  Patients do not have to learn skills, read, remember information, or perform other actions that may be difficult for those with symptoms of stroke.
  2. Most patients can participate.  The movements necessary are minimal and because the KF-PAT has a patented portable design, the treatment can even be brought to patients for whom travel would be difficult.  
  3. Effects are sustained.  Treatment occurs at a fundamental neurological level.  Thus, changes that occur do not require deliberate effort or are the result of skills that may be forgotten or neglected.

The KF-PAT administration protocol has two built-in assessments of pointing performance both administered before and after prism adaptation to help you detect and measure prism after-effects in two different ways. The two assessments are Proprioceptive Pointing and Visual-Proprioceptive Pointing. 

Proprioceptive Pointing

During the Proprioceptive Pointing task, patients will point straight ahead while blindfolded.  You will assess patient’s deviation from the patient’s midline.  This task assesses the patient’s innate sense of proprioception without visual cues. That is, they rely on their proprioception to make the movement.

Visual-Proprioceptive Pointing

During these tasks, patients will point at a visual target (hence “visual” in the name of this task), i.e., a pen held up by the therapist, while they are blocked from seeing their own arm, hand, or fingers when making the reaching and pointing movement (hence “proprioceptive” in the name of the task). You will assess the deviation of patient’s pointing, which indicates the (mis)alignment between the patient’s visual and motor systems.


As stated, both pointing tasks are administered before and after prism adaptation, thus creating four assessment conditions.  Data is collected by the therapist during those tasks and the change in performance from before to after treatment is calculated and recorded in included reproducible record and summary forms.

Therapist Qualifications

You should have advanced training and/or educational degree with advanced coursework in neuro-rehabilitation of individuals with stroke or brain injury, or work under the license of someone with these credentials. Qualifications that typically fulfill these qualification requirements are: occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists aka physiotherapists (PTs), speech and language pathologists (SLPs), clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, and physiatrists.

The KF-PAT manaul is designed to guide everyone through the steps of training and learning to administer the KF-PAT so that they can administer an entire course of KF-PAT treatment.  Ongoing clinical and technical support is provided.  Additional training may acquired.  Please contact us for details and options.

The KF-PAT Kit (35110) contains all the equipment listed above as separate components.  All equipment is necessary to administer the equipment.


KF-PAT Components


  • Right-based prism lenses
  • Left-based prism lenses
  • Position Board
  • Ruler Board
  • Visualā€proprioceptive task (VPT) Box
  • Visual field occluder
  • Visual field occluder stand
  • KF-PAT Manual
  • Opaque apron
  • Kit binding strap
  • Carrying bag
  • Eye mask, pk/30
  • Pen
  • Laminated printed stimuli sheets 
  • Neck wraps, pk/50