SKILLS AFFECTED BY DYSPRAXIA

 

 

Definition:  Signals that the brain sends to the body to carry out small movements, usually involving the hands.

Affects Our Ability To:

 

  • Grip a pen or pencil (the grip may be too tight or too loose)

 

  • Write and draw, especially under time constraints

 

  • Distinguish how much pressure is being placed on the paper when writing (whether writing too hard or to softly)

 

  • Write on the line (instead our writing floats on the paper)

 

  • Use scissors and cut along the lines

 

  • Learn to type

 

  • Use calculators (because the adjacent buttons are accidentally pressed)

 

  • Get dressed into our PE kits

 

 

Definition:  Signals that the brain sends to the body to carry out bigger movements, usually involving the whole body.

 

Affects Our Ability To:

 

  • Jump, hop, skip and run

 

  • Walk up and down stairs

 

  • Catch and throw, especially when playing ball games

 

  • Maintain our balance

 

  • Learn to swim

 

  • Learn to ride a bicycle or scooter

 

  • Stay still, we may swing or move our arms and legs a lot

Definition:  Being able to put our thoughts in order, follow instructions and directions and complete tasks.

 

Affects the Ability To:

 

  • Create and carry out plans, for example writing a well structured essay

 

  • Organize your desk or locker and keep it tidy

 

  • Follow rules, especially rules that involve motor kills (for example, having to change into your PE kit in a short period of time)

 

  • Learn and recall information (for example, times tables)

 

  • Understand the concept of time and manage time effectively

 

  • Concentrate (may be easily distracted)

Definition:  Being able to take part in social interactions, conversations, regulate our speech and pick up on social cues.

 

Affects the Ability To:

 

  • Connect with others in a group situation

 

  • Pick up other people’s non-verbal cues

 

  • Speak at a volume and pitch appropriate for the situation