What is dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects fine and gross motor co-ordination and organisation of movement. Individuals may have difficulties with self-care, riding a bike, tying shoelaces, writing, typing, playing, planning and organisation. Individuals will often have additional difficulties with processing, memory and perception and processing. Dyspraxia frequently coexists with other disorders such as dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), language disorders, and social, emotional and behavioural impairments.
What is verbal dyspraxia?
Verbal dyspraxia is a speech disorder. Individuals with with this disorder have difficulty in planning and co-ordinating the movement of muscles needed to produce clear speech.
What strategies will your dyspraxia tutor use to help my child?
Students with verbal dyspraxia, because of their inability to produce clear speech, often have reading, spelling and writing difficulties. These students require teaching of sound-letter relationships, phonological awareness activities (e.g. segmenting, blending, rhyming etc) and systematic and explicit phonics teaching alongside other reading and writing activities.
A calm, distraction-free space
At Forging Roots Education, our calm, distraction-free office provides the perfect environment for your child to discriminate between sounds, attend to instructions and focus on learning. We establish routines so that your child will know what to expect in every session and use short, clear and concise instructions given one at a time. Skills are broken down into small steps and taught in a sequential manner. We limit the amount of writing your child has to do and explore other options for recording their work such as using a computer, a recording device for ideas constructed orally, and predictive text software for longer writing pieces. We teach in small bursts and give frequent movement breaks to aid concentration and help your child refocus. We can work on fine manipulation, gross motor and handwriting exercises.
How we have helped others
“We feel very fortunate to have found Kristy, who has been working with our two children (now aged 11 and 13) for over 5 years – mainly on maths, but she has also done some literacy / fine motor work with our son particularly. Kristy is reliable, friendly and kind – and hits the right balance between encouragement and expectation with both children (who have very different personalities). She is analytical and imaginative in terms of understanding and meeting each individual child’s needs / priorities and learning style, plus very willing to work in partnership with us as parents. Both children like spending time with Kristy and have made excellent progress, in terms of both skills and confidence, with her support”.
Mother of two children aged 11 and 13 years old
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Kristy (B.Ed, M.A) is a qualified and highly experienced special needs teacher who has over 18 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Australia. Kristy specialises in teaching students with learning difficulties such as neurodiverse students and students with neurological disorders. She also specialises in teaching neurotypical children with difficulties in literacy and mathematics.
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