Dyspraxia can go by many names: Developmental coordination disorder. Motor learning difficulty. Motor planning difficulty. But they all refer to a brain-based issue that makes it hard to plan and coordinate physical movement. If your child was recently diagnosed with dyspraxia, here’s what you can do next.
Learn all you can about dyspraxia.
Investigate dyspraxia treatments and therapies.
Discuss dyspraxia supports and services with the school.
Assistive technology, such as dictation software and touchscreens, can be a big help to kids who have trouble with motor skills. Classroom accommodations are another important tool. And services like OT, motor training and speech therapy may be available at your child’s school. You may also want to see what an expert says about dyspraxia and gym class.
Discover ways to help your child with dyspraxia at home.
Teach your child to self-advocate.
Self-advocacy will help your child feel more comfortable speaking up for what she needs at school and beyond. Practice things your grade-schooler or middle-schooler can say to self-advocate.
Know the emotional impact.
Put dyspraxia in context for your child.
Both Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame) and Florence Welch (of the band Florence + the Machine) have dyspraxia. They’re just two examples of people with dyspraxia who’ve gone on to achieve incredible success.
Stay in touch with the school.
Find dyspraxia support.
You can visit your local Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to learn about dyspraxia services near you. And connect with parents who’ve been there in our community. Hearing their stories and tips could help make your experience easier—and remind you that you’re not alone on your journey.