Dyspraxia in children

The Dyspraxia Foundation defines dyspraxia as ‘an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement’ and, in many individuals, there may be associated problems with language, perception and thought. The term normally used is Developmental Dyspraxia or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. The condition is thought to affect up to 10 percent of the population in varying degrees. It is probable that there is at least one dyspraxic child in every classroom requiring access to a specific treatment programme.

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.