Dyspraxia (DCD)

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What is Dyspraxia?; Definition of Dyspraxia; What Causes Dyspraxia; Dyspraxia Checklist for Infants; Dyspraxia Checklist for Children; Dyspraxia Assessments; Dyspraxia Treatment; Dyspraxia Aids & Equipment; Dyspraxia – How You Can Help; Software for Dyspraxia; Help & Advice and a Dyspraxia Book List.

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Adorable 7 year old girl baking cookies falling making mess over white background.Over the years, Dyspraxia has several names, and can also be called: ‘Developmental Dyspraxia‘ or ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)‘.

It is still not certain what causes dyspraxia, but it is thought to be due to an immaturity of neurone development in the brain. Students with dyspraxia may have difficulties with the simplest of tasks: developmental milestones are often delayed; fine and gross motor skills are affected; threading beads; tying shoelaces; balancing; riding a bike; catching a ball. Usually, these problems are also accompanied by difficulties in vision and speech.

Like dyslexia and dyscalculia, the extent to which people are affected varies tremendously. Some people may be only affected slightly, others more seriously – this not surprisingly leads on to difficulties at school.

As with other learning difficulties, it is essential to recognise dyspraxia as soon as possible, before it impacts on a child’s self-esteem. Just as there is no single set of signs that characterise all dyslexics, there is not thought to be one cause of dyspraxia.

Dyspraxia affects approximately 10% of the population, some severely. The overwhelming majority are male.

Definition of Dyspraxia

Over the years, Dyspraxia has several names, and can also be called: ‘Developmental Dyspraxia‘ or ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)‘.

Dyspraxia (pronounced: Dis-prax-iah) affects between 5 percent to 10 percent of the population. It is a specific learning difficulty in motor-coordination (movement). Student’s with dyspraxia may have problems with the simplest of tasks: developmental milestones are often delayed; fine and gross motor skills are affected.

As with other learning difficulties, it is essential to recognise dyspraxia as soon as possible, before it impacts on a child’s self-esteem. Just as there is no single set of signs that characterise all dyslexics, there is not thought to be one cause of dyspraxia.

definition of dyspraxia

‘A serious impairment in the development of motor or movement co-ordination that can’t be explained solely in terms of mental retardation or any other specific inherited or acquired neurological disorder.’

The Medical Journal

What a mouthful! I understand it to be. ‘

‘If they persistently continue to fall over and are clumsy, well after their peers have stopped doing it’.

by Maria Chivers 2005

It is essential to recognise dyspraxia as soon as possible before it impacts on a child’s self-esteem. Just as there is no single set of signs that characterise all dyslexics, there does not appear to be only one cause of dysgraphia.

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