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Dyspraxia and PE

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by chazey247, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Hi, I am currently a final year BEd student and I am doing research on dyspraxia in physical education. I would just like to know if any teachers have taught children with dyspraxia in PE and any problems and solutions they found?
    Any comments would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!
  2. I have. There may be an old thread on it if you do a search.
    The dyspraxia foundation has some good info link just in case you haven't found it.
    I would say my experiences are out of the ordinary as I am in FE and teach some fairly elite performers and some of them are dyspraxic, e.g. an England under 18 rugby player whose ability to fully control his hands and feet off pitch made him an unlikely sporting hero and a young England dressage rider whose dysparxia had caused all sorts of other postural problems which she worked very hard to overcome.

    Good luck with finding someone who can share some first hand experience.
  3. Thank you very much for your reply.Will take a look for your old thread!
  4. gogojonny

    gogojonny New commenter

    You want to read a book by Hazel Carr called 'Dancing with Dyspraxia' - you can get it off Amazon.
    Poor motor skills comes from bad parenting, bad teaching of PE and in some cases an actual motor problem within the child. With many schools not teaching PE and many parents beyond taking kids for walks in the park, my opinion is that these are the major factors. Dyspraxia in my opinion is down to a brain imbalance - and that imbalance can be caused by environmental factors as well as factors beyond the control of parents and school.
    It is vital that children have 2 PE lessons a week from reception upwards, with children learning the fundamental skills. In addition to this, those who are clearly weak need a booster session 3-5 times a week. These kids must be identified early - 5/6 years old.
    Read Hazel Carr's book and you'll see how see does booster sessions. It's amazing that for many of these kids their learning progresses enormously. Without the booster these kids would be labelled with further tags - ADHD, dyslexia etc.
    In most cases it is not about adapting the PE session for children with dyspraxia, it is teaching a proper lesson so that children learn, progress and don't display the signs of dyspraxia.
  5. funkygirl

    funkygirl New commenter

    In my previous school we had TA support and worked closely with our SENCO in terms of IEP's (individual education plans) to monitor progress. Its mainly the fundamental skills that students need support with and lessons needed to be differentiated to accommodate this. If you haven't already found this link it may give you some guidance. http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/services/gu_pelessons.php
  6. Could I suggest that blame is not always a good way to address issues that arise with children and physical activity, rather an approach that seeks to find out why there may be movement issues is a better way to go. This could include an investigation as to what may be contributing to the issue that may then provide some evidence base from which to then tailor a programme to address the issue. .In my opinion energy is better spent seeking solutions rather than apportioning blame.
    I say this as a young child I know has had many accusations about why their movement is not considered main stream (including "poor parenting") when in fact is was a result of medical misadventure at birth.
  7. gogojonny

    gogojonny New commenter

    Three reasons why there are movement problems:
    the child does not get PE lessons - blame teacher
    the child does not do enough movement at home - blame parent
    there is something medically wrong / accident previous years - no blame
    There needs to be blame, because too many put their hands up as blameless.
    We are living in a world where money is being given to fund movement problems for children who don't get PE lessons, when the easiest thing to do is go to the route of the problem and make sure teachers are trained in PE. We can't do anything about bad parents but there needs to be a system to ensure teachers are teaching PE. There are 5 simple tests that should be done every year (sit and reach, agility run etc) - these should help teachers identify any problems as soon as possible.
  8. gogojonny

    gogojonny New commenter

    What is wrong with this?
    Perform all the fitness tests, twice a year, from reception upwards. Focus on the motor fitness tests -hexagonal agility jumps, tennis ball coordination throw etc.
    Rank the pupils in order, top to bottom (come up with a score sheet).
    Top 5% are likely to be your G&T, bottom 5% are going to need extra support and you set up a motor skills club for them.
    Let me tell you how children learn .... by doing! Sadly children are not learning because they are not doing PE and this is where many movement problems are coming from when combined with a bad home life.

  9. I think your being too simplistic. Isnt Dyspraxia medically diagnosed?
  10. gogojonny

    gogojonny New commenter

    Any diagnosis is a matter of opinion. Dyspraxia, dysleixa, dysgraphia symptons overlap. Possible 3 specialists could be 3 different opinions.
    The common theory these days in a brain imbalance - which could be environmental or medical. This imbalance causes dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD etc. Children need to be caught early to address this imbalance whilst their brain is still developing. Children who have been affected environmentally (i.e. deprived kids) can address this imbalance quickly and maybe outgrow their problems. Medical imbalances may not be fully addressed but a noticeable difference can be made.


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