homeschooling situation, where parents
carefully observe their child each day,
these weaknesses have become all too
apparent. These children, who often have
average or above average intelligence,
struggle with the “output” in schoolwork
and life that they would like. There are
lots of ways to help with dyspraxia at
home and with outsourcing.
• You can seek occupational therapy
or physical therapy to strengthen the
muscles and improve balance in your
child. These therapists can be found
through your child’s pediatrician, or
sometimes through your local school.
• If your child has difficulty with speech,
you may want to seek speech therapy
for improved mouth and tongue movement for clearer speech, especially for
apraxia of speech, which causes difficulty forming sounds.
•Encourage noncompetitive motor
coordination at home by jumping
on a trampoline, playing catch (with
a parent), squeezing a ball for hand
strength, practicing the keyboard.
There are also many lists of these types
of activities on the Internet.
• Do easy home exercises that are spe-
cifically designed to integrate motor,
sensory, and language information. As
many of these children have not inter-
nalized the “cross crawl” (crossing the
midline), I have had my classroom and
clinic students do specific exercises to
make these important brain/body con-
nections. These home visual/motor/
perceptual exercises can be found in
the Brain Integration Therapy Manual
on my website. I have found significant
benefits from doing these brain train-
ings. If you have time to do only one
exercise a day, I would recommend
the visual/motor/spatial exercise.
Most parents see their child’s ability to
manage his space, have better balance,
and be more connected with his body
in a few months.
• Incorporate specific nutritional interventions that have been proven to alleviate many of these puzzling symptoms. Research abounds showing that
nutritional supplementation with long
chain polyunsaturated fatty acids can
help children with dyspraxia (as well
as children with ADHD and dyslexia).
These fats are critical for brain health
and make a dramatic difference in the
life of a child facing these learning/
motor glitches. To find a detailed list
of fatty acid supplements, you may
read Dr. Jacqueline Stordy’s book, The
LCP Solution, or my article in Molly
Green® Magazine, entitled “Brain Fats
for Learning.” This article can also be
found on my website at www.dianne
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Dianne Craft has a Master’s Degree in
Elementary and Special Education and is
president of Child Diagnostics, Inc. She is
a popular homeschool convention speaker. She has twenty-five years’ experience
teaching bright, hardworking children and
teens who have to work too hard to learn.
To see the teaching products she has developed, go to her website and watch some
YouTube® clips. Her Right Brain Reading
Program and spelling and math products have helped thousands of children.
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Encourage motor coordination by
jumping on a trampoline, playing catch,
squeezing a ball for hand strength, or
practicing the keyboard.