How can Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy help children with Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD). There have been many definitions of co-ordination disorders over the years. The following terms are commonly used:

  • Developmental co-ordination disorder,

  • Developmental Dyspraxia,

  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction,

  • Clumsy Child Syndrome, and

  • Motor Learning Difficulties.

These definitions describe a child who has difficulties in carrying out daily activities due to poor co-ordination or movement skills.  These difficulties may be in playing: riding a bike, playing ball games; in daily living skills: buttoning shirts, using a knife and fork; and in schoolwork: handwriting.

Verbal Dyspraxia can occur with or without DCD and and affects a child’s speech production and general oral motor control.

How can SPOT Help?

Children are provided therapy in group sessions, which provide them the opportunity to challenge their coordination difficulties in fun interactive activities. 

Working in a group takes the pressure ‘to perform’ off the individual child and provides the opportunity to use their developing skills in a typical functional way. 

We provide these opportunities using everyday activities geared to be age appropriate.  Through the learning of motor skills in a supportive environment the child’s confidence grows and the fear of fdailure diminishes.

Contact us if you’d like to find out more on how SPOT can help with Dyspraxia

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