Date
20 February 2019
Dyspraxia and learning

Dyspraxia and learning

Classroom strategies supporting students' learning and wellbeing across the curriculum.

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Understanding dyspraxia

Learn about key concepts and terms, and the concerns and experiences of students with dyspraxia.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/cugRkzeujB0

Ellie Madiera describes her experience of living with dyspraxia – the challenges and positive aspects of this diverse condition.

Summary of important concepts:

Strategies for action

Four key strategies to support students with Dyspraxia in their learning

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Work closely with the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to support learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely.

Video hosted on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/64541738

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Key areas to support

Motor skills, personal organisation, social interaction, and positive behaviour are areas students with Dyspraxia may need some specific support. Explore recommended approaches.

It [the laptop] becomes another limb, basically to that child. The impact on Tyler has been huge. He is full of confidence, full of self esteem. He loves to go to school ‘cause he knows that, that new limb of his goes everywhere with him basically. That’s how he sees it and yeah it’s opening up a whole new world of possibilities for him too, in his learning and for his future really.

Parent of a child with dyspraxia

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Support motor skills

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. ​​Support organisation

    Includes:

    • Resources
  3. ​​Support social interaction

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Support positive behaviour

    Includes:

    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students with dyspraxia are often valuable for everyone. 

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"For supporting writing what I like to do is to give them [students] some variety with presenting. Tyler loves to do voice recordings, then he gets to add his expression to his writing so we can really hear him speaking to us, which is a really great tool for him to use."

- Jody Garland, teacher Parkvale Primary School

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Helpful classroom strategies year 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students with dyspraxia are often valuable for everyone.

For the adolescent with DCD [developmental co-ordination disorder or dyspraxia] to flourish, he needs to develop a clear understanding of his strengths. At the same time the school needs to offer a variety of routes for the adolescent to be able to reach his goal.

Amanda Kirby, The adolescent with developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), p 91

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Key resources

Developmental dyspraxia A resource for educators3

Developmental dyspraxia: A resource for educators

This booklet examines how dyspraxia can influence learning and provides strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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How dyspraxia can influence learning

A summary of the challenges students with dyspraxia experience at school, with an outline of teaching opportunities to support learning.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Website

Dyspraxia

Read time: 2 min

A catalogue of videos describing dyspraxia and ways to support people with dyspraxia. No captions or transcripts are available.

Publisher: dysTalk Limited

Website

M.A.T.C.H. flyers: A resource for educators

Read time: 29 min

M.A.T.C.H. is a set of principles which can help educators ensure that the activity and environment are right for a child with a coordination disorder. This resource includes flyers explaining how to use the M.A.T.C.H principles best for learners of varying ages.

Publisher: CanChild, McMaster University

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Dyspraxia – Classroom guidelines

A series of classroom strategies to support specific dyspraxic learning needs.

Publisher: Dyspraxia Foundation

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