Dyspraxia can be experienced by both children and adults and affects organisation and planning as well as co-ordination. Many people who are dyspraxic develop good compensating strategies and it can be difficult to diagnose.
Key indicators are:
- co-ordination difficulties or clumsiness
- difficulty with time management
- poor handwriting
- poor sense of direction
- taking longer to finish a task than other people
A person with poor co-ordination, may have perceptual or speech difficulties, will have difficulty telling left from right and with crossing the midline of the body with hand or foot. They may also be unable to scan across the midline with their eyes.
Not only is visual perception affected, they may mishear sounds, struggle to speak coherently and to understand speech and conversation.
Whilst the defining characteristic of dyspraxia is considered to be a difficulty with motor co-ordination, there is usually an overlap with other characteristics in the dyslexia spectrum, which can be addressed directly and effectively during a Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme.
Davis Orientation, as described in The Gift of Dyslexia, is of great benefit to the dyspraxic person. The ‘Koosh ball’ exercises are particularly helpful to the individual with problems with gross motor skills, balance, or hand/eye co-ordination. Orientation resolves the perceptual problems which underlie many symptoms of dyspraxia. After doing Orientation, many individuals report that it is the first time in their lives they have felt ‘in balance’.
How Davis is Different
Traditionally dyspraxia has been viewed as a disability and many remedial approaches focus on coping strategies involving drill and repetition. Davis facilitators understand the root cause of dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADD, Autism and other ‘Specific Learning Difficulties'(SpLD) and recognise that the physical difficulties involved in dyspraxia arise from difficulties with accurate perception. Our approach addresses perceptual difficulties such as clumsiness, hand/eye co-ordination and organisational skills. This programme corrects the learning difficulties using the strengths and talents of the individual’s thinking and learning style in a creative and fun way.
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