The effect of reading difficulties on a child with dyspraxia
Children with dyspraxia will generally already have a heightened level of frustration due to their body not doing what they want it to do, and a significant stressor is not being in control of themselves. Of all the people types mentioned on this website, people with dyspraxia have the potential to have the poorest degree of control of their total environment. If they also have poor eye movements and struggle with reading this just adds to the list of difficulties they already face. It is not possible to avoid every challenging task, but children with dyspraxia will do what is required to reduce their level of stress whenever they can. While children with dyspraxia may be excused from sporting activities at school, they will be unable to avoid reading activities, often making them appear lazy or unwilling to try. Believing they can read adequately, we push them, creating more stress which makes the problem worse. If their frustration builds enough they may scream, hit, throw their work, run away from the situation or just sit and refuse to do anything.