What is Dyspraxia? I must admit, when I heard of this disorder I didn’t have a clue to what it meant. When my son was diagnosed with it I started to research the meanings. It was eye opening. “Oh, so that’s why he does that” was always on my lips. In this post find out the basics about Dyspraxia, and how to cope.
Dyspraxia is a neurological condition that can effect communication, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and organization. In the area of communication, dyspraxia can hinder understanding of non-verbal cues, volume control on your speaking voice, and the ability to get to know people in a group. For gross motor skills, the ability to play sports, hop and skip, or keep your balance. Organization can be hindered by an inability to be neat, plan ahead, and recall directions. Finally, fine motor skills can be cutting with a scissors, using utensils, and writing.
Dyspraxia was first listed in the US Diagnostic Manuel in 2013. So it’s diagnosis is brand spanking new! You may notice that many of the symptoms are also found in other diagnosis. If you suspect Dyspraxia or another kind of neurological or psychological disorder please get your child to a licensed Psychiatrist for testing.
It can often be referred to as “clumsy child syndrome.” My son was always tripping over his feet and falling. Sometimes I wonder if he did it on purpose. I guess not! Often they cannot sit normally in a chair, can’t tell left and right, an can’t tie shoes. It is often genetic and can effect 2-10% of the population.
I believe that the longer and more studying that is done on many of these new disorders, the more defined and quickly they will be diagnosed. Often Autism is considered when dyspraxia is found. Please make sure to get diagnostic testing done. It really helps and can force the school district to address some of your child’s needs.
I personally see a lot of myself in this diagnosis. If this had been around when I was young, I think there is a definite possibility that I would have been diagnosed as this as well. Has anyone in your life been diagnosed with Dyspraxia?