I’ve been thinking a lot recently about different sorts of games or activities that I have taken part in where I feel it has helped me develop in some areas.
Today I felt it was a good point to talk about various things, that if a person with Dyspraxia was to do these things on a regular basis, they could possibly improve. So here are a few things that spring to mind when I think of games and activities that can definitely help rather than hinder development.
Dobble is one of my favourite games. I love playing it. This is really a game where visual perception and attention to detail are the key elements. When playing it last time, I came up with a strategy where I would immediately find the biggest picture on my card and always put it down when the moment should arise. This doesn’t always end in victory, but it has become a somewhat effective tactic for me and has improved my attention to detail. This could also apply to other card games that have pictures. This is all about memory. I would really recommend this game.
Now this is something I haven’t played in a while, but mainly because I don’t actually own this myself. However, I’ve enjoyed hours of fun playing this at friends houses. The skill that this helps to develop more is the spatial awareness. I had times where I was standing quite close to where the center was, so when I’d go to hit the ball, it would almost end up whacking me in the face. But fortunately that never happened and I was able to figure out the right sort of strategy which would gain success. The other point about this, is the strength of hitting the ball. You can also develop a level of accuracy by experimenting with the level of power you use to hit the ball. If you hit it too hard, then it would end up getting all knotted up round the center point.
This is another thing that can develop multiple skills. It can help you figure out how your body moves as you climb up or along the frames. It definitely helps you to analyse your coordination and by using both your hands and feet in multiple scenarios on a trim trail, you can strengthen certain aspects of gross motor skills. One thing to mention is it is certainly all about practice- which is the main message in this blog really. All these things to me help you to practice and find ways to improve fine and gross motor skills.
Cup and Ball
This is something that personally, I have become a bit more of a model of consistency at. Again, this is about control and accuracy. It’s about finding the right amount of power to lift the ball into the cup. But it also involves attention to detail as you have to watch where the ball is and keep your eyes on it all the time. Last time I tried this I got 3 out of 5… A disappointing performance compared to the consistency I had gained of recent memory.
Admittedly, this sort of thing was one of my biggest struggles in school. But I, nor any of the people in my class ever used something like this that much. It would’ve been quite interesting to have a go at using this more. This does seem to be a more modern piece of apparatus as I never remember these being used much, especially when I was at primary school. Balance is one of the biggest challenges for some people with Dyspraxia. In some situations, I am ok with balance and it is less of a concern for me. But this sort of thing would be quite a challenge for me I think. It’s about being able to see how the apparatus moves as you move so it’s judging the movement of the thing you’re standing on. Again, this is quite an interesting piece of kit that many schools probably have in their PE cupboard.
I’ve gone for a perhaps less further afield sort of mention here. But Coits definitely challenges the ability to judge the distance of an object from where you are. This is another game I’ve not played in a long time, but it is something where I did become slightly more accurate after practicing it. Another game/ activity/ sport this could apply to is golf. Imagine standing with your putter on the putting green. At this moment, you are then tasked with processing the distance away an object is from you. But standing on a putting green doesn’t even factor into the equation at times, especially when you can get a hole in one at a young age (not that I’ve got anything to do with that- or have I?)
These are just some of the games and activities that I think are brilliant in terms of helping to improve perhaps less developed areas for a person with Dyspraxia. The key to all of this though… Is practice. If you’re committed to practicing things to hone your skills, the sky’s the limit!