DYSPRAXIA

Do you know someone with Dyspraxia? Are you aware that the condition exists? Thousands of children, teenagers and adults have to cope with it every day of their lives. This article will give you an understanding of what Dyspraxia is and how it affects people.

what is Dyspraxia

According to the Dyspraxia Foundation, “Dyspraxia is generally recognized to be an impairment or immaturity of the organization of movement. Associated with this may be problems of language, perception and thought. Other names for dyspraxic include Clumsy Child Syndrome; Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD); Minimal Brain Dysfunction: Motor learning Difficulty; and Pereceptuo-motor Dysfunction.”.

How does it affect someone who has this condition?

  1. Everybody with this condition don’t have the same symptoms, but the symptoms can range from, bad coordination and balance, Sensitive to sensory stimulation (including high levels of noise, tactile defensiveness, wearing new clothes), gets lost in new places, Tendency to become easily distressed and emotional, not knowing left from right, bad short term memory, awkwardness in social situations, Poor fine motor skills. Difficulty in holding a pencil or using scissors. Drawings may appear immature, bad time keeping (the person is late or misses appointments) and bad space awareness (sometimes they are not aware they are a 3d object).
  2. everyday tasks such as tying shoe laces, dressing, driving, catching balls, hand writing, running, riding bikes, eating with a knife and fork are hard to do
  3. Other symptoms can be crossovers or links to other conditions such ADHA or Dyslexia such as poor reading or maths problems.

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Tips

  1. if you or your child have the symptoms of Dyspraxia mentioned above Talk to your GP, health visitor or special needs co-ordinator if you think you or your child may have Dyspraxia.
  2. if you are at University and you have symptoms of dyspraxia mentioned above go to The Disability support centre of your university, there you can be screened and extra help can be given to you to help you on your course.

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