Dyspraxia and Hypermobility

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Dyspraxia and Hypermobility

Dyspraxia and Hypermobility
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Hiya Guys and Gals

One of my three-year-old girls was last week diagnosed as having dyspraxia: we already knew about the hyper-mobility in her hips and shoulders, her hips have some outward rotation too. Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to exercises in the water that can help with either or both of these conditions?

Her Consultant is very pleased that Mum was already bringing her to 'swimming' classes and has said that it should help with both conditions. She only joined a short time ago so I haven't had much time with her yet. She is a very determined little girl, and very eager to try things in the water, preferably without mum's help but that's the same of all my three-years!

At the moment Mum is very nervous with her daughter in the water, part of which is down to her own dislike of being in the pool, I am working with her on that. I would like to be able to show them both some exercises that can possibly be continued in the bath at home too.

Hope someone out there can help.

Nadine

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Sun, Nov 25 2007 5:51 PM In reply to
Tamsin

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Hi Nadine

i have a child who is dyspraxic and you need exercises which are repetitious and make her aware of her body. She may have problems with spatial awareness. Things like sitting partially upright in the water, supported by mum or in the bath and kicking - encourage the child to watch her legs going up and down and to count 1-2, 1-2 etc to get a rythmn rather than just splashing. Exercises that promote stretching - reaching the hands upwards, forwards, to the sides, wiggling the fingers, little splashes with the fingers and then big splashes with the hands, stretching forward to touch her toes whiilst keeping the legs straight, good toes exercises. Floating on the back with and without a woggle and rolling from front to back and back to front

i hope these help

best wishes

Tamsin

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Wed, Dec 19 2007 6:30 AM In reply to
nadine

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Hi Tamsin

Thanks for your help with this, and sorry it's taken me so long to say so - Who put the end of term and Christmas so close to each other! I have passed your info onto my mum and am also looking at ways of introducing them into the class, in a way that fits nicely into the level they are all at now.

Thanks again.

Nadine

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Wed, Dec 19 2007 9:59 AM In reply to
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Hi Nadine,

It's probably the person that made my washing machine die last week and my printer join it yesterday. I wonder if some of the things we do in baby yoga to develop proprioception may help. These are exercises mainly that move the head through space e.g.swinging and rocking. At three the ones we use for babies would probably be difficult, maybe swinging on a swing? or games where she closed her eyes and touched various parts of her body as mum called them out. Finger to nose, elbow to knee etc. repitition and rhythm are really important so maybe singing or making a rhyme " touch your finger to your nose, touch your finger to your toes, put one hand upon your tum, put the other on your bum" Sorry got carried away!

love Sue

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Thu, Dec 20 2007 10:17 AM In reply to
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Hi Sue

i completely agree with you - very often people with dyspraxia rely on their sight for balance and they need to devleop awareness of other parts of their bodies particulary hips and ankles for balance. Also their fine motor skills can be underdeveloped so encouraging awareness of fingers and finger movements is essential. The child may find the swinging exercises a little unsettling becuase of their problems with balance but they are still very good to do even if they are only a little and often

best wishes

Tamsin

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Wed, Jan 2 2008 4:21 PM In reply to
nadine

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Thanks to Sue (and again to Tamsin) for your help.

Your suggestions are being very well taken by my little one's mum who has been at a bit of a loss until now. If I remember I will try to post something back here to let you know how she gets on.

Happy New Year.

Nadine

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Wed, Jan 2 2008 5:39 PM In reply to
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