Teenager with Dyspraxia

by Paul Chek |   Date Released : 02 Sep 2005
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Paul Chek

About the author: Paul Chek

Internationally acclaimed speaker, consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner Paul Chek, draws upon over twenty-eight years of experience in corrective exercise, high performance conditioning and integrative lifestyle management. Author of six books, over 60 DVDs and numerous correspondence courses and seminars, he has also developed four advanced training programs for professional development in the health and fitness industry. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute, based in San Diego, CA which specializes in Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology (www.chekinstitute.com). He is also the creator of the P~P~S Success Mastery Program (www.ppssuccess.com).

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Kipfer, Chandra | 17 Apr 2010, 20:54 PM

I am an occupational therapist and I work primarily with 0-18 yr olds. There are many reasons for "dyspraxia" as you say and the term is used correctly and incorrectly all the time. If the teen actually has DCD- Developmental coordination disorder they are usually most successful with repetitive movements and sports (i.e. martial arts, swimming etc.) rather then team style sports where there are many many factors to complicate things. With those kids it is important to not just look at the physical goals and gains but also build in success (research indicates coborbidity down the road when kids are less sucessful such as depression and suicide in extremes)

There is a lot of research supporting the CO-OP approach which is a cognitive method to help these kids and adults problem solve cognitively about how to react and move differently. It is worth looing in to and was developed by some proffessors in occupational therapy and physiotherapy at Western University. Regardless looking up methods to work with those who have motor planning challenges would be very useful. People with motor planning challenges seem to do best with a cognitive approach as they do not learn from physical feedback in the same way.

If he has an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist they will be able to give tonnes of great input to help the trainers! He might be able too as well - since he is a teenager - you'd be surprised what kids will tell you and the insights they have!

Just my two cents- hope someone finds it helpful

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