Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a learning difference that affects motor co-ordination development caused by  perceptual problems, especially visual-motor and kinaesthetic-motor difficulties[1]. Students with Dyspraxia may have trouble planning and completing fine and gross motor tasks. As many as six percent of all children show some signs of Dyspraxia.

The sub-types of Dyspraxia:

  • Ideomotor Dyspraxia- difficulty completing single step motor tasks such as waving hello.
  • Ideational Dyspraxia- difficulty with multi-step tasks like brushing teeth, making bed, packing school bag.
  • Oromotor Dyspraxia- Difficulty coordinating muscle movements needed to pronounce words. With this kind of Dyspraxia students may struggle sequencing the syllables of longer words, and may decode syllables, but struggle to blend them into a word.
  • Constructional Dyspraxia- difficulty establishing spatial relationships such as being able to accurately position or move objects from one place to another.

Download PDF of Classroom Practices for Dyspraxia 

courtesy of http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

References:

http://ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyspraxia


[1] Portwood, 2001 cited by Gavin Reid, 2003. Dyslexia: A Practitioner's Handbook. 3 Edition. Wiley.