9 Tips for Talking to Your Child’s Teacher About Dyspraxia
When your child has dyspraxia, it’s important to talk with his teacher about it. Understanding what your child struggles with allows the teacher to find ways for your child to be successful in the classroom. These tips can help guide the conversation.
Meet with the teacher as early as possible.
The best time to have a conversation about dyspraxia is right before or right after the school year begins. That allows the teacher to consider strategies to use from the start. (Don’t hesitate to request a meeting at any time, however.)
Many teachers either haven’t heard of dyspraxia, or they know very little about it. Be prepared to provide a lot of information. Consider printing out information about dyspraxia and the skills it can affect, and bringing it to the meeting.
Explain what dyspraxia is…and isn’t.
Dyspraxia is a brain-based condition that affects motor planning. The brain knows what the body is supposed to do. But instead of the body instantly acting on the plan, it takes much more thought and effort. And even then the body may not execute the plan well.
Dyspraxia isn’t the same as clumsiness, however. And it’s not the result of having weak muscles. Dyspraxia isn’t about physical strength—it’s about being able to carry out the movements the brain tells the body to make.