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Secondary Age Children

Moving into secondary education can be a very difficult time for a child with dyspraxia especially if writing is still very slow or illegible. This contrasts with verbal ability which is often very good!   They may have poor spacial awareness and   tend to get lost around school – having a ‘Buddy’ when changing classrooms can help.


Problems of organisation and time keeping can begin to seriously impair performance. Sports like football and tennis are difficult for most children with dyspraxia because of poor coordination and visual difficulties.


They may need longer for dressing and undressing for sports. However, they can excel at solo sports like running, Martial arts and horse riding.


Work with their strengths and abilities in and outside school activities to encourage self-esteem.


Learning touch-typing at this age can be a great advantage. A laptop or lightweight portable word processor can be very helpful at school. Raise this issue before Secondary School starts as some schools (amazingly!) still do not allow this for pupils with Dyspraxia.


Symptom checklist:


If you answered YES to 4 or more questions you may have dyspraxia and need further assessment.


What to Do:


Dyspraxia Uk

How to book an Assessment

The assessment and report are extremely useful in planning and supporting Rowan in his transition to Secondary school.


K.Ruskin (2023)