Dyspraxia in children
The Dyspraxia Foundation defines dyspraxia as ‘Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in children and adults. While DCD is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those people who have additional problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought.’
(Dyspraxia Foundation 2013)
Although dyspraxia may be diagnosed at any stage of life, increasing numbers of children are identified as having the condition.
Early recognition of dyspraxia will enable early intervention and practical steps to help your child to achieve their potential. Children whose dyspraxia is identified at an early stage are less likely to have problems with acceptance by their peers and with lowered self-esteem.
When children become teenagers their problems may change as social and organisational difficulties become more pressing.
The Dyspraxia Foundation can help and support you and your child through its services and publications.