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.

If we can at least work on this one area of eye movement we will be able to reduce the stress and lack of control they feel, giving them more energy to work on other areas in need of attention. Since the part of the brain called the cerebellum is involved with dyspraxia as a whole as well as eye movement and reading, it is possible that some of the other areas of difficulty start to improve at a faster rate.


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