Understanding and living with “ dys  ” disorders  : dyspraxia

The  Dyspraxia   is a motor developmental disorder that prevents certain automate gestures. People with dyspraxia often have other “ dys disorders  ”, such as dyslexia (language acquisition disorder), dyscalculia  (difficulty using numbers),  dysphasia  (difficulty speaking) or dysgraphia ( difficulty related to handwriting). 

The dyspraxic child

Dyspraxia is thought to affect around 6% of school children. This is a relatively unknown disorder that is difficult to identify. We recognize a dyspraxic child by his slowness and his awkwardness in performing daily gestures.

Neuro-visual disorders are often the cause of dyspraxia: the child has difficulty fixing his gaze, therefore coordinating and carrying out voluntary actions, such as putting clothes on or holding cutlery. Activities involving fine motor skills or even learning to ride a bicycle also become complicated.

Dyspraxia in everyday life

Dyspraxia is not related to a delay in intellectual development. Some people have a high potential, even if handwriting is difficult (dyspraxia is often associated with dysgraphia).

On the other hand, the consequences of dyspraxia on a daily basis are significant, at school as in professional life: difficulties in organizing, coordination and speed of execution of instructions can become very disabling.

What are the needs of a dyspraxic child?

Above all, a dyspraxic child needs support and reassurance from his family and social environment, which will provide him with calm and structure.

· At home: help the child to become aware of his difficulties, to approach them differently, to control his anger, to value each successful action, to favor “easy” activities (plasticine, sand ...) and ergonomic utensils (Velcro shoes, non-slip placemat, electric toothbrush ...)

· At school: reduce working time, avoid giving several instructions at the same time, allow time to complete tasks, make a computer available, offer clear classifications by color, use memo cards ...

How does sophrology help people with dyspraxia?

Sophrology support helps children and adults suffering from dyspraxia to live better on a daily basis, thanks to simple techniques for:

· Manage concentration

· Promote meditation and reflection

· Discover new sensations

· Improve memorization and learning · Learn to stay calm in stressful situations, manage your emotions

· Become more autonomous

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