What is dyspraxia ?

It is a hidden handicap. Under normal circumstances, children with Dyspraxia may appear no different from their peers, until new skills are tried or known ones taken out of context, when difficulties may become apparent. It is a disorder of praxis, or the process of ideation, motor planning and execution.

It is a hidden handicap. Under normal circumstances, children with Dyspraxia may appear no different from their peers, until new skills are tried or known ones taken out of context, when difficulties may become apparent. It is a disorder of praxis, or the process of ideation, motor planning and execution.

Dyspraxia may affect any or all areas of development – physical, intellectual, emotional, social, language, and sensory – and may impair the normal process of learning, thus is a learning difficulty. It is not a unitary disorder and affects each person in different ways at different ages and stages of development, and to different degrees.

Pupils with dyspraxia will face problems on 4 major activities in schools :

Reading

It turns out to be very difficult for dyspraxic pupils to focus for a long time on a stimulus. No automatization strategy for reading is very tiresome and limits considerably the length of the texts that these pupils can read. Their eyes wander on the page without being capable to notice the relevant information.

Writing

This is a challenge as well because fine motor skills are problematic. Due to the high level of concentration they need, it increases their exhaustion level and creates difficulties to copy instructions for instance. Besides, many will also face severe dysorthography.

Mathematics

The eye to finger coordination is critical to point out object and to enumerate them. This enumeration problem leads to low achievement in all numbers related activities. Besides, the Abjad numerals system we use is based on the spatial situation between the numbers (tens to the left, unities to the right). The issue of space management therefore creates a difficulty to differentiate 12 and 21 for instance.

Organanization

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