Tips for Teaching Self-Help Skills

Children with dyspraxia are perfectly capable of learning alongside their peers, they may just need some extra attention and support from time to time. Awareness is the first step and can make all of the difference in helping a child reach his or her full potential at school.

Parents and teachers can help students with learning difficulties by recognizing the root cause of a child’s performance issues and providing appropriate support, to make it easier for the dyspraxic child to be successful in the classroom.

These tips can help with providing the appropriate support for kids with Dyspraxia:

1. Attention – Minimize distractions and use a quiet space

2. Simple Steps – Break the task you’re teaching into manageable steps

3. Use visual images or photographs – These can help with the understanding process

4. Demonstrate – Show and tell. Doing the task with your child can help greatly

5. Consistent wording – This will help in connecting the understanding of the various steps

6. Encouragement – Try to promote self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment

7. Offer choice if possible – A choice in the process may allow for a more memorable experience for your child

8. Patience – Allow extra time and understand that tasks mightn’t be learned quickly

9. Repetition – Repeated tasks are more likely to be remembered