Great blog about Dyspraxia, Dyspraxia and Me.

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I’m dyspraxic, not useless

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An interesting article from the Guardian, arguing that finding a job is as much a question of aptitude as it is application… would you really want a dyspraxic plumber?

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So, how does your Dyspraxia make itself felt? It can be difficult for the non-dyspraxic not to fall into the trap of saying, “aaah, clumsy child syndrome” and making a blanket assessment of need on that basis.

What we need in an education setting is a much finer level of detail, in each and every case.  For some, gross motor skills are deceptively strong or it could just be that you’ve practiced so hard no one appreciates the levels of concentration and effort you must put in to throw a ball, ride a bike, balance a child in one arm and the shopping on the other.  In other cases, it’s all about verbal dyspraxia – talking fluently without getting your tongue tied can seem like an impossible feat.  Maybe you find holding a pencil tremendously tiring but never smash yourself into a doorway as you pass.

We’d love to hear some of the details about how your dyspraxia affects your day-to-day life and, in particular, learning.  What helps you organise your thoughts? How do you get yourself to lessons on time.  How can your tutors give you a helping hand?

This blog is growing into a repository of tricks, tips and helpful information from the perspective of Dyspraxics about how to make education a better and more fulfilling experience.

Why not share your ideas with us now?  Email info@dyspraxiateachingresources.info

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Information is power as they say… So help us draw a picture of what it’s like to have Dyspraxia and study for a qualification by taking our survey.

Don’t let that stop you emailing info@dyspraxiateachingresources.info with your stories too!

Source: Dyspraxia UK

Do you have students who:

  • find it difficult to get your thoughts into writing?
  • need help with everyday activities like remembering appointments?
  • prefer solo sports to team games?
  • lose things and seem disorganised?
  • are often late for lectures and meetings?
  • get lost easily in new surroundings?
  • you feel are underachieving academically?

Perhaps they have Dyspraxia and could do with further assessment. Consider referring the student, via your own institution’s Student Services team or via their GP for a Dyspraxia Assessment or contact Dyspraxia UK for more information, advice and guidance.

 

ImageGiving effective feedback is one of the key skills a good teacher, tutor or trainer needs to have.  So what’s your experience of giving feedback to adult learners with dyspraxia?  What works and what doesn’t? How can you organise and present feedback most effectively?  How do you encourage and support adults with dyspraxia to digest and apply the information to their work?

Do you have Dyspraxia?  What works for you?  Share your stories – the good and the bad – about feedback techniques you’ve encountered in college, university and adult education by emailing us at info@dyspraxiateachingresources.info

Teaching strategies suggested by SCIPS at the University of Worcester  here Learning Support (FD) and Dyspraxia — SCIPS.

What do you think?  How can we make this more personalised?

What are the top 5 questions we should be asking a learner with dyspraxia?

This is a new blog dedicated to building expertise on supporting Adult Learners with Dyspraxia and we need your help.

Do you have a story you can share with us on this topic? Perhaps you have Dyspraxia and want to describe what it felt like to have your needs ignored or responded to at college, university or adult education?

Maybe you’re a teacher of adults and have found some useful strategies to help support learners with Dyspraxia?

Share what you know and help us build a knowledge-base for everyone.

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