Dyspraxia is also known as 'developmental co-ordination disorder' and it is a condition that affects physical coordination. It can make daily activities for children more challenging and the child may appear clumsy.
The condition is more common in boys fan girls and it generally runs in the family.
Symptoms of dyspraxia may include:
- Delays in reaching developmental milestones search is crawling, walking, self-feeding and dressing
- Sport activities, drawing and writing can be more difficult
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Challenging to maintain balance and posture
It is not clear what exactly causes dyspraxia, however we know that doing co-ordinated movements is a complex process that relies on nerves and parts of the brain. Any disruptions amongst this process can affect a child's movement and co-ordination.
There is no cure for dyspraxia however therapy can often help children to overcome challenges. For example a child might be taught a different method of completing an activity - they might practice the activity regularly or break it down into smaller steps. Adaptive equipment is also available such as pen grips, making family easier to hold.
Children can also get additional help at school so that they are able to keep up with others in the class. Every child has affected differently, so the help can be adjusted to that specific needs.
All info sourced from the NHS. If you would like to read more about dyspraxia, then please visit the NHS website!