How to Deal With Dyspraxia Infographic

How to Deal With Dyspraxia Infographic

The Dyspraxia Infographic

The Big Picture of Dyspraxia

  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty learning new skills
  • Clumsy
  • Simple tasks can be a struggle
  • Inefficient
  • Transitions are tough
  • Difficulty with sequencing organization
  • Derailed mid-task
  • Difficulty navigating through crowds
  • Avoids novel tasks
  • Struggles to follow directions
  • Repeats preferred activities over and over
  • Requires more tome to master any task
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Takes longer to complete tasks

The Details of Dyspraxia

Gross Motor

  • Needs more help on playground
  • Bumps, trips and falls
  • Stairs
  • Balance
  • Coordinating the two sides of body
  • Sports
  • Bicycle riding
  • Running, hopping, skipping, jumping
  • Catching and dribbling
  • Alternating feet on stairs


  • Reluctant to join ongoing peer play
  • Hesitates on the playground
  • Repeats preferred activities over and over
  • Limited play schema, e.g., banging, throwing, lining up cars
  • May prefer imaginary play to playground

Fine Motor

  • Drops
  • Spills
  • Clumsy manipulating cards, beads, pegs
  • Pencil/crayon grasp
  • Labor intensive handwriting
  • Illegible handwriting (sizing, spacing, writing on the line)
  • Messy coloring
  • Classroom tools (tape, stapler, scissors)
  • Handedness


  • Independent work skills
  • Multi-step directions
  • Retaining routines
  • Remembering rules
  • Fidgety
  • Takes longer to produce written work
  • Packing and unpacking backpack
  • Processing verbal and written info
  • Completing assignments in a timely manner
  • Learns better one-on-one
  • Avoids PE
  • Difficulty navigating crowded hallways


  • Breaking down task into component parts
  • Initiating and following through a task
  • Messy
  • Time management (e.g., assignments)
  • Coping with time restraints
  • Take longer to complete a task
  • Gets lost mid-task
  • Resistant to changes in schedules and routines


  • Messy eating
  • Getting dressed
  • Buttons
  • Shoelaces
  • Washing hands thoroughly
  • Managing clothing for toileting
Tips for Dyspraxia

School Tools

  • Predictable schedule routine
  • Everything in its place and a place for everything" (organized classroom and work area)
  • Warnings for transitions
  • Color code work materials for organization
  • Allow more time to complete a task
  • Give one instruction at a time
  • Seat child away from distractions
  • Teach "recess skills" at home

For Home

  • Organize play area
  • Organize work area
  • Velcro schedule or check-off list for daily routines
  • Prepare for changes in routine
  • Homework organizer to break down academic tasks
  • Break down activities and routines into component parts; practice one at a time until mastered
  • Give one instruction at a time
  • Provide "heavy work" to increase body awareness, eg. rake, shovel, tug-of-war
  • Encourage non-competitive physical activity, e.g., martial arts, swimming, skating

Self Care Tips

  • Lay out a “person” out of clothes the night before
  • Use easy to manage clothing, e.g., elastic waistbands and large neck hole to facilitate independences
  • Bathroom checklist on dry erase board
  • Fit eating utensils to hands
  • Practice shoelaces and clothing fasteners when not pressed for time
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