A – Z of Living with Dyspraxia B is for balance
How many times a day, does the dyspraxic fall over?
I don’t know, the notepad he was keeping count on came out of his pocket when he fell over.
Bumps, knocks and bruises are a common theme with dyspraxia. It is common to have issues with co-ordination and spacial awareness when living with dyspraxia.
On occasion poor balance is something that has caused me borderline serious injury but on the whole, it is often just the cause of mild embarrassment or the large scale amusement of others.
We have to take these things in our stride and hope we don’t fall over.
As with most aspects of dyspraxia, coordination and balance can be improved if worked on in the right environment and with the right exercise.
Things to improve balance
Batting balls on a small trampoline – simple batting of balls at a slow pace while gently jumping on a trampoline is a good start to improving hand-eye co-ordination. You may have to adjust the environment depending on the age of the dyspraxic.
Throwing and catching – simple, fun and a great way of passing the time while improving the old hand-eye co-ordination.
My tip with both these exercises is about anticipation. Maybe my co-ordination and balance hasn’t gotten that much better but I have become good at anticipating objects making it easier to participate in sports such football and squash.
Either way, B is for balance because it plays a big part of life when living with dyspraxia.