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Strategies to Support Dyspraxia

Please see page on dyspraxia for more information about the condition. Many children with dyspraxia also have difficulties with concentration and learning and so strategies for supporting children with dyslexia and weak working memory may also apply.

Classroom strategies to support children with dyspraxia.

Ensure that the child is sat facing the teacher and board. Check that the table and particularly the chair are the right size – it should allow the child to rest both feet flat on the floor and the child should be encouraged to sit with an upright posture.

Differentiate tasks so as to reduce the quantity of handwriting required. Consider using writing frames to support the structure and layout of writing tasks. Have printed learning objectives that can be stuck into their books. Do the same for homework tasks or be prepared to write this for them.

Use task boards to break down activities/tasks into small components.

It is best to give instructions one at a time. When it is necessary to give more prompt them with the number of things they need to remember. E.g. "You need to do three things..."

Understand that the child is more likely to forget instructions and repeat them as necessary or provide visual reminders.

The child may need supervision and encouragement to stay on a task.

Praise them as much as possible. Giving constant encouragement and positive feedback is vital in maintaining their self-esteem. Use reward systems to give tangible praise and reward.