Academically helping children with dyspraxia

Children with Dyspraxia
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Children with Dyspraxia

Most people who are diagnosed with dyspraxia are at a very young age. In fact, it is children with dyspraxia that face much more a problem than adults. Once they grow up they learn to master and accept their condition. There are many little things that we ourselves can do to help these children feel accepted.

In an academic space, there are so many ways to ensure that these children get the required education with ease. For example, giving the child shorter assignments can help. Based on the type of dyspraxia he/she is facing the assignments can be modified accordingly.

Help from the Teachers

Teachers can also give them one assignment at a time to ensure that their instructions are meant for each task. By doing this, the child does not have to struggle too much in completing the required assignment. If they are caught struggling to do the assignment, then the teacher should try to demonstrate or aid them.

Also, exercise to help on the development of handwriting would be extremely helpful. Because many children diagnosed with dyspraxia find it difficult to maintain a good handwriting. Even small actions like adjusting their seats towards the front of the classroom can be helpful as it would give these children space they need to learn; not to mention that the teacher is near them.

Help from the Parents

What becomes important here is that there should be a constant encouragement. Instead of pressuring the child to perform well academically, parents should encourage them to do so and believe that they can achieve it because children with dyspraxia are not intellectually disabled. They need another outlet or another way to show and nurture their talents.

There exist many ways in which both parents and teachers can help children diagnosed with dyspraxia. Many children with dyspraxia have difficulty in organizing, maybe even in talking. So parents at home can help by creating the reading exercise for narration. They can also label their things and arrange them in a manner which makes it easy for them to access.


Now we can see the number of little things that we can do to help them foster their talent. They are different in terms of function but in terms of manpower and contribution to society, they are just like us. We just need to put out the required resources for them to showcase the same. There are so many little things that we can do make this earth a more equal and accepting place to live. And we can start by including every kind of people amongst ourselves.

Nikitha Menon

With the pursuit of knowledge and love for the written word, Nikhita Menon tries to explore the world of disabilities, disorders, diseases and all stigma associated. She is a fresh college graduate from Christ University, Banglore majored in English, Psychology and Media Communication.

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