How to Understand What Dyspraxia Is

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 and how to find out if you or your child has it .

Steps

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    Do a bit of research. 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 dyspraxia include Clumsy Child Syndrome; Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD); Minimal Brain Dysfunction: Motor learning Difficulty; and Pereceptuo-motor Dysfunction.”.
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    Compare your symptoms (or those of your loved one) to the list of symptoms /signs of Dyspraxia. Not Everybody with this condition has all the symptoms but if the person has a number of these they may have Dyspraxia.
    • bad coordination and balance,
    • not crawling as a baby
    • 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,
    • bumps into things or knocks over things
    • messy eater
    • bad short term memory,
    • awkwardness in social situations
    • poor fine motor skills (difficulty in holding a pencil or using scissors etc).
    • drawings may appear immature,
    • bad time keeping (the person is late or misses appointments)
    • bad space awareness (not aware they are a 3d object, not aware someone is behind them trying to get pass).
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    Ask yourself if the person finding everyday tasks hard. Activities involving coordination, such as tying shoe laces, dressing, driving, catching balls, hand writing, running, riding bikes or eating with a knife and fork, can be especially difficult for people with dyspraxia.
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    Consult with doctor to get you or your child checked out, if you are noticing these signs/symptoms. Going to the doctor to make sure is never a bad thing to do.
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    Be aware that some people also have symptoms of other conditions such as ADHD or Dyslexia such as poor reading skills, spelling problems, maths problems, etc.

Tips

  • The National Health Service in the UK says "If you think you have dyspraxia, you should see your GP. Dyspraxia has only been recognised since the mid-1990s. This means there could be many adults with dyspraxia who were not diagnosed with dyspraxia as a child".
  • In many cases, universities will have a Disability support centre where you can be screened and extra help can be given to you to help you on your course.
  • Consult with your GP/doctor if you are seeing these symptoms/signs in you or your child, so They can send you for tests.

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