Helping a Child with Dyspraxia Improve in Social Skills

Parenting is a daunting task for many parents especially when your child needs special attention. The task may be even more daunting if not sure how to deal with it. Children with dyspraxia often times have a hard time with even the simple task of socializing with other children. Because of their lack of coordination, even playing on a playground can be dangerous, and low self-esteem can lead to fear of being around other children or worry about not being good enough, no matter how old your child is. However, as a parent, there are several ways you can help your child improve in social skills.

Two of the most important ways for parents to help a child with dyspraxia improve in social skills is to encourage outdoor play as often as possible and be supportive and encouraging in order to improve their self-esteem without “lying” to them. By giving your child encouragement no matter what they do, without assuring them that they are the best when they may not be, you are essentially encouraging them to try no matter the result is and letting them know that it is okay to fail by supporting them. Outdoor play can help improve their self-esteem and essentially their social skills by allowing them to practice their coordination and learn skills needed to appear not so clumsy in front of their peers.

Other ways parents can help a child with dyspraxia improve in social skills include working on any language difficulties that may affect your child in social settings and working on fine motor skills that can affect your child’s ability to function at age appropriate levels with their peers. Both motor skills and social skills can be strengthened by simply playing board games at home. Every day conversation can help with stumbling blocks with language, and can improve interaction for your child in social settings.

By far the most important way to help a child with dyspraxia improve in social skills is through parental support and encouragement. Knowing they are loved no matter what, as well as having their best traits pointed out to them, will help boost the self-esteem of children with dyspraxia and allow them to be more comfortable in social settings. Parenting is never easy, and sometimes extra attention is hard to offer, but parents are always a child’s number one supporter and the extra effort can go a long way in showing them that they can have just as many friends as anyone else.

Sources:

Dyspraxia – What Can be Done

education.com – Dyspraxia