Why Dyspraxia is Problematic in Schools
Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), poses challenges for students in schools. It affects motor skills, making tasks like writing and sports difficult. Students with dyspraxia struggle with organization, planning, and time management. Speech and language development may also be impacted, hindering communication and social interactions. Sensory sensitivities can lead to difficulties concentrating and coping with stimuli. Emotional and behavioral challenges, such as frustration and low self-esteem, can arise. To address these issues, individualized support is crucial. Accommodations like assistive technology and sensory-friendly environments can enhance learning. Collaboration with occupational therapists and personalized instruction further assist students with dyspraxia, ensuring they reach their full potential.
A Parent’s Guide to Apraxia
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) can be a startling issue to confront at first. Everyone’s brain develops a muscle plan for the mouth, jaw, and tongue as they are learning to speak the language(s) they are raised around. In contrast to other speech impediments, the ability for the brain to perform this task isn’t weak but rather confused – there is an overall difficulty in coordinating the shapes and movements required to make the sounds. This can cause a distortion in how they pronounce vowels and consonants, distinct separations between syllables (within a single word or an entire sentence), or confusing similar sounding words, such as saying ‘batch’ instead of ‘patch’. This, however, is only a base line of examples, and can be confused with other language problems.