Motor Skills Exercises & Activities for Students with Dyspraxia

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

If your students have dyspraxia, they might struggle with developing their motor skills. In this lesson, you'll learn about a variety of activities that will help your students hone their motor skills.

Your Student with Dyspraxia

If your students have dyspraxia, they might struggle with coordinating their body movements. Although their muscles have the strength and tone to make the movements, their brains might have trouble controlling the movements. Dyspraxia affects both fine motor and gross motor skills.

When you are working with your students, it's best to assess where they are with their individual motor skills and then determine whether they need support with their fine motor skills, gross motor skills, or some combination of the two. Use these activities to help your students with dyspraxia.

Fine Motor Skills

Hairstylist

Give your students a comb, scissors, and brush. Using a model, have your students create a few different hair styles for their models. Encourage them to use all the tools, to comb and brush hair, and to cut the hair. Many students with dyspraxia struggle with activities like brushing hair and teeth, so this activity will give them a fun way to practice those skills.

Shape Sort

Pass out a set of tangram pieces to your students. First, have them divide the pieces into groups based on shape. Next, have students stack the pieces as high as possible. This activity requires students to control the pieces as they move them around, and focus on controlling their hand muscles as they sort and stack the pieces.

Blowing the Balloon

Fill a shallow tray with water, and then add a balloon to the tray. Using a straw, students blow the balloon from one side of the tray to the other. Many students with dyspraxia struggle with the fine motor skills of their mouths. This activity gives them a chance to work on the fine motor skills of their mouths and hands.

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