Space organization


Some children, such as those with dyspraxia, may experience

spatial organization challenges

which means they may have difficulty understanding and interacting with the space around them.


Follow  instructions

Understand and follow instructions that involve spatial references, such as directions for moving around the classroom or completing activities on a worksheet.


  • Organize their belongings
  • Plan the space needed to realize a task

For example, they may have difficulty organizing their backpack or anticipating how long it will take to complete an activity.

Spatial orientation 

  • Understand orientation concepts, such as the difference between left and right
  • Understand notions of front and back
  • Follow a sequence of steps in space

Manipulating objects in space

Handling objects in space, which can affect their ability to perform tasks such as cutting, pasting, writing, drawing or using measuring tools.

Order and Organization

  • Disorganizing their workspace 
  • Losing their belonging 
  • Difficulty in keeping their school material in order

This has an impact on their efficiency and their ability to concentrate on the tasks.

Difficulty finding one’s way around the environment

  • Find your way around the school
  • Remember the location of different classrooms, lockers, bathrooms, etc.

This can lead to delays, confusions or difficulties in getting around independently.

Difficulties with sports and recreational games 

  • Sport activities requiring motor coordination and precise spatial perception
  • Throwing, catching and hitting a ball
  • Correct orientation on a playing field


1. Visual aids

Posters and signs

Posters illustrate spatial concepts such as directions (left, right, front, back), shapes, spatial cues and so on. These visual aids can help children visualize and understand spatial organization concepts.

Diagrams and charts

Diagrams or charts represent the stages of a task or activity, highlighting important spatial aspects. This can help children understand the spatial organization required to accomplish a task.

Handwriting guides

Visual aids that stick to the paper and provide a guideline to help the child maintain a more regular and fluid handwriting style.

Some writing guides are specifically designed for dyspraxic children, with marked grip zones.

Maps and charts

Maps or charts of the classroom, school or environment to help children find their way around and understand their surroundings.

Handling equipment

Building blocks, cubes or geometric shapes allow children to manipulate and visualize concepts of spatial organization. This promotes a practical understanding of spatial relationships.

2. Spatial planning and landmarks 

Dedicated aeras 

Dedicated areas for specific activities, such as a reading zone with cushions and books, a writing zone with desks, etc.

Paths and visual indications

Paths to follow using visual cues, such as colored arrows on the floor, directional signs or icons to indicate the flow of movement. This can help children find their way around the classroom more easily.

3. Storage and structure

Specific storage areas

Specific, well-organized storage areas for school supplies, books and materials

Labels or color codes to help children quickly identify the appropriate location for each item

Desk organizers 

Desk organizers with compartments or pockets can help children organize their belongings.

They provide a clearer workspace and make it easier to find tools, books and notebooks.

Using color codes

Color coding make it easier to organize notes, binders or calendars

For example, each topic can be associated with a specific color, helping children to find their way around quickly and organize their various tasks.