Dyspraxia Interventions

kids8th October-14th October is dyspraxia awareness week. Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder described as a delay in motor skills development. As well as this, there are many other difficulties that a child with dyspraxia may experience. Farmer, Echenne and Bentourkia (2016) identified three core sub-groups of difficulties related to dyspraxia, including:

  • Clumsiness and other co-ordination difficulties.
  • Self-esteem and peer relation difficulties
  • Language difficulties and orofacial dyspraxia

So, as dyspraxia has got such a wide range of symptoms and difficulties associated with it there are also a range of different interventions that can be used to support children and young people with dyspraxia. Interventions for dyspraxia can be categorised into:

  • Language and speech interventions (e.g. speech and language therapy)
  • Physio-therapy and co-ordination interventions (E.g. Occupational therapy)
  • Socio-emotional and mental health interventions (e.g. Social skills groups)
  • Learning support interventions (e.g. classroom interventions)

In terms of classroom interventions; Roy and Dock (2014) investigated using drama as an intervention for dyspraxia. This form of therapy applied support for co-ordination, self-esteem and learning. This intervention consisted of using drama to challenge negative self-belief, develop new skills and access the rest of the curriculum.

Accommodations can also be made in the classroom to help a child with dyspraxia to access the curriculum. These can include:

  • giving the child more time to complete work or find their way around; which compensates for a low processing speed.
  • Also delivering multi-sensory teaching can help the child to see the information in different ways and may help them process what they are being taught.

 

Written by Lauren Milton-McNally

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