dyspraxia how you can help

jugglingWhilst 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.

dyspraxia – 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.
* Tracing.
* 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.
* Juggling.
* Swimming.

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 handwriting)
* Squeeze balls,
* Trampolines are excellent for co-ordination skills.

dyspraxia – developing skills, including:

* Sequencing
* Space organisation
* Directional awareness
* Strategies.

dyspraxia – some items have been found to be useful including:

* Pencil grips – help to hold the pencil correctly.
* Templates – help to keep 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/keystage 1
* Mobile Phone – Fantastic full size mobile phone, you can get to grips with.

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A starter keyboard designed for nursery/keystage 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 important basic 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 special features make this keyboard the perfect partner.

On the practical side, BigKeys simply plugs into the keyboard socket of the computer – no software is needed.

‘dyslexia and other learning difficulties – a parent’s guide’ – book

Parent's_Guide_BookMy book: ‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – A Parent’s Guide‘ has been updated and re-released in January 2010. It contains extensive information on dyslexia, dysgraphia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

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‘dyslexia and alternative therapies’ – book

Alternative_Therapies_BookMy book: ‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies’ contains information on a wide range of alternative therapies and the way they can help people with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

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