Dyspraxia is a neurological condition that affects a child’s physical coordination and movement. It’s also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, and is not one of the common disorders you would typically hear about. As a result, children with Dyspraxia may often be misdiagnosed or their symptoms may simply be ignored outright.
This can be unfortunate as early treatment can help the child better overcome the disorder.
Here are some possible signs of Dyspraxia: Read more
There are many benefits of speech therapy for children with communications difficulties or swallowing disorders. Speech therapy helps to exercise the muscles involved with speech in order to strengthen the child’s ability to speak coherently. It helps the child properly express themselves, their feelings, and ideas. Read more
As adults, we often take our ability to speak and communicate for granted. We just don’t think about our language and speech as it happens quite naturally. However, young children with communication and speech disorders may not speak at all, or have limited vocabulary for their age. By the time they enter school, they can speak but in a limited and diminished capacity for their age and development. They might have a hard time receiving, processing, sending and comprehending verbal and nonverbal communication. As a result, this can contribute greatly to them falling behind their peers in speech and language skills.
The holidays and new year are an exciting time usually filled with fun and laughter. It is a great time to include your special needs child in the festivities so they can enjoy themselves during this period. While the holidays are a festive period, not everyone is happy, with many people even falling into loneliness and depression. Read more
If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.
Children experiencing trauma are particularly vulnerable as they do not have the means to understand what is happening, how to process the trauma, and their ability to vocalise and communicate their trauma may be limited or non-existent. They are too young to have developed the coping mechanisms to deal with their trauma or stress. Read more
It may be common to accept that children have poor handwriting, and not many would see any real issue with this. It could very well be that the child simply is a little sloppy, especially if it is still eligible. Many adults are also sloppy writers. However, parents and educators may sometimes have a cause for concern when their children have sloppy writing.
A lot is made of reading and of children reading. So when a child doesn’t seem at all interested in reading or seems to struggle with reading, parents may start to take notice. This doesn’t mean they specifically know what the issue may be. Some parents may dismiss it as the child merely being too distracted with play or other activities, and it might indeed just be a matter of lack of interest at that point in their development.
Stimming is a self-stimulating behaviour that involves repetitive movements, sounds, or words. An example of stimming is when someone flaps their hands and arms repetitively. This is most often associated with an action that autistic children perform. This can sometimes be accompanied by a repetitive sound. Read more
Early childhood intervention is an education and support system for children with developmental delays and learning disabilities.
Early Intervention targets children from birth to the age of three as this is the window when the foundation of key skills are learned. This allows parents and educators to redirect the child’s mind earlier towards skills such as language and social interaction. It will redirect children in learning how to communicate, participate and engage with their peers, society and family. By the time the child enters school, they have a better chance at being developmentally on par with their peers, or in some cases, even more advanced.
Early intervention can help to lessen the impact of raising children with special needs.
One of the most challenging situations to deal with as an educator or parent of special needs children is classroom disruption. Disruptions impede the learning process and create additional stress for the child and other students. Read more