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Dyspraxia is a disorder that influences coordination andmovement. Research indicates it is a distortion of messages sent from brain tobody. It is as disability to plan smooth and coordinated movements. It resultsin problems with thought, perception, communication, leads to lack ofcoordination and clumsiness. Symptoms appear in an early age.

Recent study in UK included 7000 children age 7 to 8 andused a strict criteria for the condition diagnose. Results show that almost 2in every 100 children may have dyspraxia.

Dyspraxia appears to be more common in boys. It is known torun in families but can manifest along with ADHD (attention deficithyperactivity disorder and dyslexia (learning difficulty linked with readingand writing).

Dyspraxia affects learning ability, it does not influencethe intelligence in children. The children affected may need additional help atschool to keep up with their classmates.

Although there is no known cure for this condition, varioustherapies can educate a child to live with this condition. Occupational therapyhelps with everyday tasks and encourages independence. Language and speechtherapies work on improving speech and communications.

Children who have displayed mild symptoms may lose them withage. Unfortunately in 9 out of 10 cases dyspraxia persists through teen age andadulthood.

Development problems

Early indications of dyspraxia include slower reaction inactions like sitting, standing, walking, rolling over, and speech.

Children with Dyspraxia can have problems with playgroundgames that include complex movement like running, jumping, hopping, ballkicking. They may also have issues with concentrating, processing thought.Further movement coordination problems include handwriting, puzzle solving,using tools, going up or down the stairs, getting dressed or keeping still,dropping objects, falling, bumping into objects. All these symptoms make itharder for them to adapt to their surroundings.

Concentration and learning problems may include shortattention span, copying from blackboard and writing stories. Children affectedprogress better in one on one teaching than in groups and need encouragementand repetition to accept new skills.

As the child develops, the Dyspraxia symptoms can affectsthem in various ways. Their muscle movement problems can lead to attempts ofavoiding activities they are not good at, getting bullied, getting tired fastersince they use more energy on movement than other children.

All these symptoms can cause a child to develop low selfesteem, therefore require a lot of support and understanding for buildingstrong character.

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