Dyspraxia - Education Law

Help and Advice with Education and Schooling Requirements for Children with Dyspraxia

Children often end up falling over or bumping their head, it’s expected as part of their early development. However, if your child has Dyspraxia, you may find that they’re tripping and slipping very often, or having problems with tying their shoelaces or their handwriting.

This article goes through some of the key symptoms of Dyspraxia and the difficulties a child with it may encounter.

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What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder that affects both basic and fine motor skills. Basic motor skills affect skills such as walking and sitting upright, whereas fine motor skills may be things such as writing or picking up small objects.

What difficulties might my child have?

The first signs may be that your child does not get through the stages of development when they are expected to. For example, they may take longer than expected to develop movement and language abilities, walking and talking.

During their childhood, they may experience further problems with their movement and coordination, such as:

  • Frequent trips and falls
  • Problems throwing a ball or riding a bike
  • Problems with tying shoelaces, and using zips and buttons
  • Have trouble with the tidiness, and/or speed of handwriting
  • Speech and language problems
  • Avoidance of physical games, and subsequent risk of becoming unfit

Your child may also have difficulties with concentration and learning, and may:

  • Have trouble learning new skills
  • Have a short attention span, unable to concentrate on one thing
  • Problems with their organisational skills, and are generally disorganised

What educational support does my child need?

If your child has been diagnosed with dyspraxia, there are several things that may support them that can be done at home and/or at school. These are:

  • The use of Velcro and bigger buttons to help your child dress themselves
  • The use of repetition in learning
  • Practicing particular exercises to develop your child's motor skills and coordination

There is also the option to get professional therapy for your child, such as:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy can help by breaking tasks down, that your child finds difficult and practising them
  • Educational psychology may help your child overcome learning difficulties they may have
  • Physiotherapy may help with motor skills
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What can we do to help a child with dyspraxia?

Some children need a statement of special educational needs (SEN) to protect their interests and safeguard support that is put in place for them. We have extensive experience in working with families, the local authority, and other professionals to secure an effective statement, and ensuring that it is followed.

If the local authority refuse to give your child an assessment, the process could be stopped then. However, we are able to appeal on your behalf if they refuse to assess your child or decide not to alter a statement.

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