Whilst there is yet no known treatment for dyspraxia, regular physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy may improve motor and coordination skills. You can help a student with dyspraxia, by using Multi-Sensory Teaching Methods, developing skills through play and strengthening exercises.
How you can help
Developing skills through play
Dyspraxia – Playing with things like:
* Practicing letter formation in sand/salt trays. (I use cat litter trays they are very cheap.)
Shape and pattern copying.
* Using ‘Spirograph’ to practice writing – write, shake it and it goes away.
* Colouring by number.
* Following the line to find out which rabbit belongs to which hutch.
* Threading coloured beads.
Dyspraxia – Improving Co-ordination:
* Playing games: ball games: tennis, football, rounders, cricket; marbles; skipping, hoola hoops, etc. all help develop vital skills.
* Hand/Finger strengthening (helps to handwrite)
* Squeeze balls,
* Trampolines are excellent for co-ordination skills.
dyspraxia – developing skills, including:
* Space organisation
* Directional awareness
dyspraxia – some items have been found to be useful including:
* Pencil grips – help to hold the pencil correctly.
* Templates – help to keep the paper in the right place/angle.
* Pre-formed letter shapes, children follow with their fingers.
* Dexball, (uses “a unique method to hold a pen (Insight Medical Products).
* BigKeys Plus – A keyboard designed for nursery/key-stage 1
* Mobile Phone – Fantastic full-size mobile phone, you can get to grips with.
BigKeys plus lower-case
A starter keyboard designed for nursery/key-stage 1
BigKeys Plus is a lower-case keyboard with a colourful and simple layout and is particularly useful at nursery, pre-school and Keystage 1.
It helps in the teaching of handwriting, literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing the essential, necessary IT skills which every child needs.
All confusing and unnecessary keys are removed so that young children find the appearance simple and motivating the remaining keys are larger, which facilities accuracy for young hands and fingers, and choice of colour coding makes letter recognition more straightforward. You may have your favourite classroom software – these unique features make this keyboard the perfect partner.
On the practical side, BigKeys just plugs into the keyboard socket of the computer – no software is needed.
Dyspraxia Book List
Developmental Dyspraxia. Identification and Intervention: A Manual for Parents and Professionals.
Author(s): Madeleine Portwood
Living with Dyspraxia
Author(s): (edited by) M Colley, Dyspraxia Foundation
Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association (dyspraxia)
One of the oldest organisations in the UK and I have always found them to be extremely helpful. They are certainly committed to raising awareness of dyspraxia’.
National Health Service (UK)
The NHS has some useful information on dyspraxia.
In America, for the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues.
Further information from ‘Understood’ is available here.
Useful information is available here.