Limespring School

A specialist school focus on dyspraxia

Over the years, I have seen awareness about dyslexia grow within the wider population and the media – albeit with generalised broad brushstrokes. However, little is written and discussed in terms of dyspraxia which to this day remains more elusive and less widely understood.

Dyspraxia is a type of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) which affects motor function and hand-eye coordination. It can impact on the ability of a child to think out, plan and complete movements in a logical order in day-to-day activities. Dyspraxia often includes difficulties in articulation and speech, as well as often displaying accompanying facets of dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Therefore, our approach to dyspraxia has to be multifaceted as it can encompass so many aspects of a child’s everyday life.

Our focus in helping children with dyspraxia is through applying learning methods that are adapted to their specific needs. We make sure that learning is tailored through educational tools that are manageable both physically and intellectually, especially as dyspraxia can express itself very differently from child to child. Dyspraxic students often find mainstream learning strategies unsuitable and physical coordination frustrating.

Often creative arts especially can be difficult for children. I’ve seen how this can lead to issues with participation as children feel unable or unwilling to contribute. Here at Limespring School we focus on dance, art, music, drama and writing so children can find their own form of creative expression. Through overcoming such physical coordination challenges often presented, I see dyspraxic children persevere and build in confidence year on year. I feel so proud when I look all around me to see the inspiring work on the walls and their magical performances in our end of term concerts.

We realise that dyspraxic children can be impacted by their environments both in and outside school. Dyspraxia can often affect a child’s ability to everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. Learned motor skills such as handwriting, computer use or riding a bike can be a struggle along with self-care practicalities, such as washing and dressing. Those daily situations can be testing for parents as well as children and impact ongoing family life. Myself and my staff know that more time and attention may be needed on such things and handle this with sensitivity and understanding.

In our approach to dyspraxia and learning as whole, I want to instill a core attitude that recognises achievement across all sorts of activities – not just traditional learning. We look at how a dyspraxic child can feel confident and grow by overcoming an obstacle that may well be unique to them. This child by child focus, along with inclusiveness and a well-rounded understanding of dyspraxia, is vital to the Limespring School way. My hope is we’re a welcoming school that can adapt to and celebrate each individual and encourage the growth of well-adjusted and happy children!

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