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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Dyspraxia

By Amanda Morin

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For kids with dyspraxia, difficulty with motor skills can make it hard to learn in the classroom. Here are some things teachers can do to make work that involves movement easier.

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Classroom Accommodations to Help Students With Dyspraxia

What classroom accommodations can help students with dyspraxia? Here are some ways to make class work more accessible.

For Writing Mechanics
• Provide wide-lined paper for students who make large letters.
• Provide raised-line paper or paper with colored lines.
• Provide graph paper to help with spacing between letters and words.
• Provide large-square graph paper to line up numbers in math problems.
• Give the student a slant board or other inclined surfaces.
• Provide pencils, pencil grips, or felt-tip pens instead of ballpoint pens.
• Have student dictate to someone who writes it or use computer software that does it.
• Give worksheets that reduce the need to copy, such as fill-in-the-blank spelling pages.
• Give teaching notes ahead of time or assign the student a note-taking buddy.

For Visual- Spatial
• Seat student closer to the board, teacher and/or student who could assist if needed.
• Seat student away from doors, windows, bulletin boards or other distractions.
• Use larger print for worksheets, notes and textbooks.
• Give outlines of diagrams or maps so student only needs to mark what’s being taught.

For Processing
• Provide extra time to complete work.
• Give breaks so student can move around several times a day.
• Give extra time to get from class to class.
• Give directions slowly and in short sentences.
• Provide recorded lessons or books for student to listen to.

For Planning
• Teach physical skills in smaller parts before the rest of the class learns them.
• Guide a student’s hand when teaching skills such as using scissors.
• Provide checklists, step-by-step directions and visuals for longer assignments.

Graphic of Classroom accommodations to help students with dyspraxia
Graphic of Classroom accommodations to help students with dyspraxia

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Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Whitney Hollins is a special education teacher and adjunct instructor at Hunter College.

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