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Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a condition where individuals have difficulties carrying out daily activities requiring co-ordination of movements. Priory deliver unique, personalised support programmes for young people with Dyspraxia. Our schools and colleges use a range of strategies, designed to unlock a student’s potential and help them progress towards their long-term ambitions, whether it be studying at university or moving into full-time employment.

Signs of Dyspraxia

The signs and symptoms of Dyspraxia may change as a child gets older. Priory schools and colleges are experienced in identifying Dyspraxia at all ages, for example:

In toddlers:

  • Lateness in reaching milestones - such as rolling over, sitting, crawling and speaking
  • Not being able to run, jump or catch
  • Finding it hard to keep friends
  • Struggling to walk up and down stairs
  • Not able to dress themselves
  • Frequently falling over
  • Difficulty in holding a pencil correctly
  • Anxiousness and being easily distracted

In school age children:

  • Struggling at physical education and games
  • Producing better results when given 1:1 guidance
  • Poor attention span
  • Struggling with maths and writing stories
  • Difficulty copying from the white board
  • Demonstrating a poor writing style
  • Struggling to remember and follow instructions
  • Poorly organised - for example following the daily timetable

Overcoming barriers

Our schools and colleges support young people to overcome the barriers presented by Dyspraxia, through a range of tailored support including:

  • Innovative teaching methods
    • Tailored timetables to help maintain focus
    • Providing alternatives to copying from the whiteboard
    • Alternative PE curriculum to help build confidence and skill
  • Independent living programmes
    • Helping to develop social skills
    • Focussing on daily living tasks which may be impacted by Dyspraxia
  • Highly-trained care and education staff
    • Experienced in identifying associated conditions, particularly Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
    • 1:1 support where required
  • Therapy sessions
    • Occupational therapy helps to develop fine motor skills
    • Speech and language therapy if required - dyspraxia can be associated with language problems
  • Specialist learning environments adapted to each young person’s needs
    • Visual signage
    • Tailored layout of buildings
    • Sensory rooms