Children with Dyspraxia can benefit greatly from movement, emotion and expression. By meeting the child in his/her movement pattern through playing there will happen spontaneous moments that respond to being met by the therapist.
Dyspraxia is a condition where the normal process of physical actions is delayed in some way. Other ways to explain this is ‘Developmental Co-ordination Disorder’ or ‘Clumsy Child Syndrome’. The child will have difficulty with his/her gross motor skills as well as his/her fine motor skills. This can be very frustrating for the child, their life very restricted which can often lead to isolation, bullying and strange behaviours.
As the child grows older, they oftentimes develop more noticeable physical difficulties. Avoiding playground activities, walking up and down stairs; using scissors, writing and drawing; getting dressed or keeping still!
The Childs Curiosity
The therapist will gently invite the child to move with her being led by the child’s curiosity, using play, music and dance. Developmental movements like rolling, sitting, crawling and walking can provide clues that the therapist is able to work with.
For example if the child did not crawl then he/she missed essential developmental abilities. As a basic example, if we crawl around in our sessions together to beautiful music then new messages are being sent to the child’s neuropsychology and, in this context messages of love, care, safety and protection replace or strengthen what is there already encouraging the child to explore and make those movements.
These sessions are fun for the child and within this ‘Fun’ bubble; the motor neurons in the brain that do not mature and transmit the message to the muscles to move have the chance to learn how to speak together.
Next week: how do the neurons learn new positive love based messages through this movement-based therapy?