Dyspraxia - (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder)
Dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement in the brain, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted.
Poor understanding of the messages and difficulty relating those messages to actions can give rise to problems in the process of forming ideas, motor planning and execution. There may also be associated problems with language, perception and thought. This means physical activities are hard to learn, difficult to retain, and hesitant and awkward in performance.
Dyspraxia affects each person in different ways and at different stages of development
The term dyspraxia comes from the word praxis, which means 'doing, acting'. Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought.
Symptoms of Dyspraxia
Children with dyspraxia may be late in reaching milestones and, for example, may not be able to run, hop or jump when their friends can. They may find it hard to walk up and down stairs and may not be able to dress easily. Their speech may be immature or unintelligible in their early years. Language may be impaired or late to develop.
At school, a child with dyspraxia may have difficulty with maths and writing stories. They may avoid games, be slow at dressing and unable to tie shoelaces, be poorly organised or have a short attention span. They may find it hard to remember and follow instructions. Poor handwriting is a very common symptom.