Understanding dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a neurological developmental disability which is present from birth. Dyspraxia means difficulty planning and sequencing movements required to perform a skill. It is believed that dyspraxia is an immaturity of parts of the motor cortex (area of the brain) that prevents messages from being properly transmitted. 

  • Boys are more commonly affected than girls by dyspraxia. 
  • There are three types of dyspraxia - oral, verbal and motor. A child with dyspraxia may have one or a combination of all three types and in varying degrees of severity. 
  • Dyspraxia may also overlap with other conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or dyslexia. 
  • This disability does not impact on intelligence, but it can have a major impact on the child’s social skills and acceptance by peers.

Children with this disability appear the same as any other child however it is only when a skill is performed that the disability is noticeable. Motor dyspraxia can lead to difficulties in performing single or multi-level motor tasks such as catching a ball or holding a pencil or getting dressed. Verbal dyspraxia is a form in which the individual has difficulties in performing the mouth/tongue movements necessary to form sounds, leading to problems with speech.

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