Kids with learning and attention issues often have trouble academically and sometimes also outside of school. BBut that doesn't mean that they can't learn or that they're lazy. Research shows that certain areas of thei brain don't always function properly affecting learning and behaviour. Here's how [read more at Understood.org]
The Jyrobike is a self balancing bike designed for kids, but especially useful for those who have coordination issues (such as dyspraxics). Basically, it stays upright, and if pushed over, returns to upright.
I struggled to convince my partner that this was a real thing...but it is. You can see it in action with a young dyspraxic here, and see a little more (including pre-order pricing) here.
The blog entry Dyspraxia in Children with Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism is a nice discussion of dyspraxia in younger kids, and also covers the different categories of dyspraxia (Constructional, Ideational, Ideomotor and Oromotor). It also has a nice break down of how it affects kids of different ages, and some ways of dealing with it.
It's a nice article for parents who are worried about their child.
I love the sentence "the revelation that GCHQ is now employing 120 "neuro-diverse" intelligence officers. These individuals, who suffer either from dyslexia or dyspraxia, are employed precisely because GCHQ has recognised what some parts of society still does not: that these conditions are far from disabilities – they are simply differences. " It highlights perfectly what the Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust is about. People on the spectrum have talents, sometimes quite unique, sometimes not immediately obvious...but they have talents, and they have a place in the world.
Many of the challenges I face with dyspraxia involve the use of working memory. Poor working memory can make some otherwise simple tasks difficult and affects not only dyspraxia but several other learning disabilities as well. So what is working memory ? Working memory is the part of short-term memory that allows us to remember information while using that information to perform a task. It involves processing and storing information at the same time. There are 2 types of working memory, Verbal/Auditory working memory and Visual/Spatial working memory.
If you are looking for someone elses experience with Dyspraxia, you might be interested in http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-29125398 - it's the experiences of Kerry and Phoebe Pace, a mother and daughter who suffer from dyspraxia, and how they deal with life - including a Youtube channel covering all sorts of everyday issues.
Sometimes it is just nice to see peoples experiences.
Dyspraxia is an enigma to many people, both professional and lay alike—what is it, how does it relate to developmental coordination disorder and associated conditions, how common is it, how is it recognised and diagnosed and how should it be managed?
With the appearance of DSM 5, Dyspraxia is a term that will gradually disappear in favour of Developmental Coordination Disoders (and you have probably seen that used on our website for a couple of years now).
So it is probably a good time to re-examine our traditional views on dyspraxia (or DCD). Wikipedia actually has quite a good article on this, and some links to relevant articles (not repeated here).
This is information here about getting involved in sports, how it affects kids, teenagers and adults, and a whole raft of other everyday issues, and although heavily US flavoured provides a great summary of practical information. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!