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By Geoff Brookes

This useful advisor supplies worthy suggestion on: knowing dyspraxia and its effects; constructing powerful relationships with dyspraxic kids and dealing with effectively with others, together with lecturers, SENCOs and fogeys. every one bankruptcy offers educating Assistants with a number of actions to profit from.

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But they have little choice. Some dyspraxic learners are hypersensitive to certain stimuli. They might have an aversion to bright lights or loud noises. You can notice this on occasions like Bonfire Night or at discos or at Christmas time. Such an aversion could become discernible if the child is involved in a play or a performance. They could be very uncomfortable under bright lights. 2 2 2% o 4J o £ -§ jg g* "5 £ j£ There could be a n over-sensitivity t o certain textures like the labels o n clothes or t o wool.

Words are often troublesome. If the learner cannot find the right words quickly enough in their heads, then their ability to tell a story or to recount an event may become confused or lengthy. If they cannot organize their thoughts, they will struggle to establish an order. So there could be lots of repetition, hesitations, false starts. It will require a great deal of effort. What I see, as the father of a very intelligent dyspraxic boy, is that his brain moves so much faster than his sounds. So he has to stop what he is saying in order to allow the production of sounds to catch up.

21 The dyspraxic child and the teaching assistant Dyspraxia isn't a sudden fashion. Dyspraxia isn't a new and trendy creation. It is something that appears in all cultures; it isn't something that is peculiar to English-speaking brains. It has been there for as long as the brain has been operating. It is obvious really. The brain is so complex, it can't be a surprise if parts of it are wired up differently. All our brains work differently and they process all our different experiences, seeing insights, forming connections.

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