Dyspraxia - what is it?
Dyspraxia is a brain-based motor disorder. It affects fine and gross motor skills, motor planning, and coordination. It’s not related to intelligence, but it can sometimes affect cognitive skills.
Dyspraxia is sometimes used interchangeably with developmental coordination disorder. While some doctors may consider these separate conditions, due to a lack of formal definition, others consider them the same.
Children born with dyspraxia may be late to reach developmental milestones. They also have trouble with balance and coordination.
Into adolescence and adulthood, symptoms of dyspraxia can lead to learning difficulties and low self-esteem.
Dyspraxia is a lifelong condition. There’s currently no cure, but there are therapies that can help you effectively manage the disorder.
Dyspraxia symptoms in children
If your baby has dyspraxia, you might notice delayed milestones such as lifting the head, rolling over, and sitting up, though children with this condition may eventually reach early milestones on time.
Other signs and symptoms can include:
As your child grows, you might also observe delays in:
Dyspraxia makes it hard to organise physical movements. For example, a child might want to walk across the living room carrying their schoolbooks, but they can’t manage to do it without tripping, bumping into something, or dropping the books.
Other signs and symptoms may include:
Although intelligence isn’t affected, dyspraxia can make it harder to learn and socialise due to:
Dyspraxia is different for everyone. There are a variety of potential symptoms and they can change over time. These may include:
· abnormal posture
· balance and movement issues, or gait abnormalities
· poor hand-eye coordination
· trouble learning new skills
· organisation and planning problems
· difficulty writing or using a keyboard
· having a hard time with grooming and household chores
· social awkwardness or lack of confidence
Dyspraxia has nothing to do with intelligence. If you have dyspraxia, you may be stronger in areas such as creativity, motivation, and determination. Each person’s symptoms are different.
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