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Ways to help at home

  • Learn as much as you can and share information with family, friends and school
  • Encourage physical activity in your child. Any kind of play whether it is swimming, hide and seek or walking the dog is good for balance and developing motor skills
  • Play games such as jigsaws or Wii games which will help your child work on visual and spatial perception. They will also help with fine motor skills
  • Throwing games such as using a bean bag to throw into a hoop or catch helps to develop hand-eye coordination
  • Playing with putty or playdough is good for hand muscles and can be a good stress reliever
  • Get some pencil grips or get interesting pens and pencils to encourage your child to write and help keep things interesting
  • Practice typing on a keyboard which may be easier for your child than handwriting, but liaise with school as writing still needs to be practised
  • Download some apps onto your computer or ipad which can improve fine motor skills and encourage hand and eye coordination
  • Adjust your expectations as your child may need help with some simple everyday activities that other children their age may have mastered. By recognising your child’s difficulties you can help them work on areas they need extra help with
  • Build self esteem by rewarding your child’s efforts. Find things your child is good at but acknowledge that dyspraxia can be very frustrating for all of the family so have some strategies in place to help you when stressful situations arise