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Dyspraxia Awareness at New Way Academy - December 14, 2012
Dyspraxia Awareness at New Way Academy - December 14, 2012Tracy Lynn Cook

Dyspraxia is an often misdiagnosed and mislabeled disorder in the United States, yet experts believe as many as 1 in 10 have the neurological disorder. Apraxia is the speech/language cousin of Dyspraxia.

Autism has been front and center where developmental delays and challenges are concerned, but dyspraxia should not be discounted as these two disorders often co-exist.

Arizona will participate in the International Dypraxia Awareness celebrations on December 14th. There will be an open house at New Way Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1-3pm.

New Way Academy
1300 N. 77th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
480-946-9112

For more information contact Warren Fried or Tracy Lynn Cook.

Not sure what Dyspraxia is?

Signs and Symptoms

  • Exhibits poor balance; may appear clumsy; may frequently stumble
  • Shows difficulty with motor planning
  • Demonstrates inability to coordinate both sides of the body
  • Has poor hand-eye coordination
  • Exhibits weakness in the ability to organize self and belongings
  • Shows possible sensitivity to touchMay be distressed by loud noises or constant noises like the ticking of a clock or someone tapping a pencil
  • May break things or choose toys that do not require skilled manipulation
  • Has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as coloring between the lines, putting puzzles together; cutting accurately or pasting neatly
  • Irritated by scratchy, rough, tight or heavy clothing

Strategies

  • Pre-set students for touch with verbal prompts, “I’m going to touch your right hand.”
  • Avoid touching from behind or getting too close and make sure peers are aware of this
  • Provide a quiet place, without auditory or visual distractions, for testing, silent reading or work that requires great concentration
  • Warn the student when bells will ring or if a fire drill is scheduled
  • Whisper when working one to one with the child
  • Allow parents to provide earplugs or sterile waxes for noisy events such as assemblies
  • Make sure the parent knows about what is observed about the student in the classroom
  • Refer student for occupational therapy or sensory integration training
  • Be cognizant of light and light sources that may be irritating to child
  • Use manipulatives, but make sure they are in students field of vision and don’t force student to touch them

Sources: Dyspraxia Foundation USA, Learning Disabilities Association

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