Outlined on this page is my section of great tools, equipment, and gadgets that can be beneficial with dealing with Dyspraxia/DCD, or make life a little bit easier. Dyspraxia isn’t curable, so we make the most of what we can! The effectiveness of the tools will vary from person to person and I must add that even though they can really help with tasks it can make you/them stand out more among peers.
Produced by the Dyspraxia Foundation
This handy wallet-sized card and keyring card provides essential information on how to assist someone who has dyspraxia. This includes explanations of the difficulties with social interaction, communication, and understanding. This can help that any actions are not misinterpreted. The Dyspraxia alert card also includes a pull-out information sheet. These can be bought from the Dyspraxia Foundation online store.
Examples are; stress-balls, fidget cubes, oidz/snake eggs (Unusually shaped magnets), and fidget spinners.
These are keyboards with a small screen attached to the top. So instead of hand writing out everything it can be typed.
+ Saves time (as long as whoever uses it can type faster than writing)
+ Neater/legible writing
– Handwriting will not improve
– Keyboard skills required
– Can be singled out by other students
– Requires a charge
My school had a few of these Word Processors they gave to students who needed them. Most students saw these to be used by those who had a broken hand. I was issued one to help get work done neatly and efficiently and it worked really well for me. But because my hand wasn’t broken many classmates were quite angry as there was nothing wrong with me from their point of view (Of course, not true). I needed that laptop because my handwriting was both slow and messy. However, my typing skills were exceptional high-and after a few weeks I reverted back to struggling with a pen just because of so many students complaining. I needed to practice handwriting anyway and it did improve slowly, but not quick enough for my GCSEs.