Leisure and Cognitively Stimulating Activities as Means for Improving Cognitive Performance in Persons with Intellectual Disability During Adulthood

  • Hefziba Lifshitz


Engagement in leisure pursuits and cognitively stimulating activities during adulthood can serve as a means of enhancing the cognitive functioning and quality of life among adults with ID, in the short and long term. This chapter first presents cognitive activity theory, which emphasizes the effects of participating in cognitively stimulating activities for adults with typical development, and then reports on two studies that confirm the applicability of cognitive activity theory to populations with ID in the short term. Finally, utilization of leisure and cognitive activities is shown as a means for enhancing the cognition, affect, and behavior of adults with ID in line with the triple CAB model.


Cognitive activity theory Leisure Recreation Cognitively stimulating activities Cognitive functioning 


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  • Hefziba Lifshitz
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  1. 1.Head of MA Program in Intellectual Disability, School of EducationBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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