Key Characteristics:

Children with Dyspraxia may:
+ Appear clumsy, bumping into people and things
+ Have difficulty in judging distances
+ Be unable to change speed and direction without overbalancing
+ Need to be watched carefully when climbing
+ Be unsure of which hand to use and may change hands during an activity
+ Have difficulty in copying shapes and pictures
+ Find it difficult to adapt to a structured routine
+ Have limited concentration and poor listening skills
+ Be easily upset and have temper tantrums
+ Have poor social interactions and difficulty making friends
+ Be rough and aggressive because they have difficulty controlling their movements

Support Strategies:

  • Give clear, simple instructions and constant reminders, both oral and written
  • Provide a reasonably quiet working environment
  • Organise activities to develop listening skills and attention skills
  • Encourage learners to present ideas using IT
  • Incorporate recommended motor coordination exercises into PE
  • Organise games and activities requiring cooperation and turn-taking
  • Practise a range of sequencing activities
  • Develop role-play and drama activities
  • Help pupils organise their written work by using writing frames
  • Praise effort and successful achievement of new skills