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.
Facts about dyspraxia
- 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.
What are the symptoms of dyspraxia?
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.
How can CPL help?
Just diagnosed and kids with dyspraxia
Dyspraxia is usually recognized in children around 4 to 5 years old. Our early intervention services can help support you and your family learn how to best support your child and develop strategies for reaching their goals.
The NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. CPL's Support Coordinators can help you to navigate your first NDIS plan.
Our Allied Health team offers Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy to support a diverse range of communication and mobility needs.