A disorder that is characterized by difficulty in muscle control, which causes problems with movement and coordination, language and speech, and can affect learning. Although not a learning disability, dyspraxia often exists along with dyslexia, dyscalculia or ADHD.
Problems with movement and coordination, language and speech.
A disorder that is characterized by difficulty in muscle control, which causes problems with movement and coordination, language and speech, and can affect learning. Although not a learning disability, Dyspraxia often exists along with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or ADHD.
Signs and Symptoms
· Exhibits poor balance; may appear clumsy; may frequently stumble
· Shows difficulty with motor planning
· Demonstrates inability to coordinate both sides of the body
· Has poor hand-eye coordination
· Exhibits weakness in the ability to organize self and belongings
· Shows possible sensitivity to touch
· May be distressed by loud noises or constant noises like the ticking of a clock or someone tapping a pencil
· May break things or choose toys that do not require skilled manipulation
· Has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as coloring between the lines, putting puzzles together; cutting accurately or pasting neatly
· Irritated by scratchy, rough, tight or heavy clothing
· Pre-set students for touch with verbal prompts, “I’m going to touch your right hand.”
· Avoid touching from behind or getting too close and make sure peers are aware of this
· Provide a quiet place, without auditory or visual distractions, for testing, silent reading or work that requires great concentration
· Warn the student when bells will ring or if a fire drill is scheduled
· Whisper when working one to one with the child
· Allow parents to provide earplugs or sterile waxes for noisy events such as assemblies
· Make sure the parent knows about what is observed about the student in the classroom
· Refer student for occupational therapy or sensory integration training
· Be cognizant of light and light sources that may be irritating to child
· Use manipulatives, but make sure they are in students field of vision and don’t force student to touch them