Stuart Tactile Maps

The Stuart Tactile Maps (STM) test is a standardised clinical test of non-visual spatial cognition. It was developed by Dr Ian Stuart, Neuropsychologist in Melbourne in the 1980s. The test is completed under blindfold and indicates the participant’s ability to learn and build mental maps of increasing complexity.

The STM test was originally validated for use with congenitally blind children. It has since been used in neuropsychology assessment of children and adults, particularly when an O&M client has persistent difficulty with orientation, either in familiar or new areas.

The STM test is very easy for O&M specialists and guide dog mobility instructors to administer. A research-quality commercial version is now available. If you would like more information about the STM test, to purchase a Kit, or training in its use, contact Lil.