Tips for Teachers

Dyspraxia is a learning difficulty that affects the brain’s ability to plan sequences of movement and is a condition that leads to many varied difficulties. It affects about 6% of the population, of which three times as many boys are affected as girls.

Although Dyspraxia cannot be ‘treated’, teachers can help children cope with the effects.

1. Seat the child near the front of the class. Walking around the room can also deliver the information to the student.

2. Slowly give instructions and repeat if required. The more succinct the instructions the better. Break the instructions into steps and have them write them down.

3. Positive reinforcement and encouragement are very important.

4. Allow more time for tasks to be completed.

5. If the material is needed to be copied, do so from a written handout rather than from the board.

6. Order and organization are important, promote the use of folders to keep material together.

7. Help younger students or those with greater fine motor difficulty with fine motor tasks like cutting and writing.

8. Break up the day with short bursts of physical activity. This can greatly help concentration and relieve stress.

9. Promote good posture.

10. The feedback itself can be very helpful but it is also important that feedback is viewed as constructive rather than critical.

11. Use various writing aids to help your students with writing tasks.