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.
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.
- 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
2. Spatial planning and landmarks
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 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.