What is Dyspraxia? How can teachers and school support staff provide effective help in the classroom for children with the condition? Find out here.
What is Dyspraxia?
The website “Dyspraxia Kids” tell us that:
Put simply, dyspraxia is when the messages from the brain don’t reach the body’s muscles, or they reach them in a wiggly way, resulting in uncoordinated movements. This becomes most apparent when a child tries to write or participate in sports.
There is no cure or miracle treatment for dyspraxia, but kids who have the condition can benefit from hands-on and visual learning techniques, and lots and lots and lots of practice.
7 tips for supporting Dyspraxia in the classroom
Try these ideas for supporting children with Dyspraxia in your classroom:
- For handwriting difficulties, try using multi-sensory letter/number formation e.g. sandpaper letters, sky writing, rice trays
- For difficulties dressing and undressing, suggest loose/easy fit clothing and Velcro fastening to parents
- For problems with large muscle movements/coordination such as walking in a straight line, running, jumping and catching, encourage the use of balance or wobble boards, walking on the line and hand to hand throwing using bean bags or water-filled balloons
- To encourage concentration and engagement, avoid disturbing children when on task, avoid fluorescent lights in the classroom and try to limit distractions such as bright or interactive wall displays
- For poor organisational skills, you can try supplying children with a diary, printed times tables, and instructions for activities using sequenced picture cards
- To support children who struggle to follow instructions, you can:
- Ensure that you have the attention of the child before giving instructions
- Use simple language with visual prompts
- Allow time for students to process your request
- Break instructions down into small, manageable sections
- You can assist children with poor social skills by role-playing scenarios and exploring concepts such as private and public. Using Social Stories can also help, as can maintaining consistent classroom rules.
Are you looking for a Dyspraxia job?
If you’re seeking a role supporting children with Dyspraxia in the classroom, why not register with Axcis or check out our jobs pages? We also run a generous refer-a-friend scheme, so if you want to earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers just for helping a friend to find work, why not get in touch with their details today?