The term dyspraxia comes from
the word praxis which means "doing". Simply put, it could be called
a Disorder Of Doing, but is much more complex. It is an immaturity
in the way the brain processes information.
Some children despite adequate
teaching, a stimulating environment and with a generally normal
intellect have difficulty with movement and specific aspects of
Dyspraxia is a difficulty with thinking out, planning and carrying
out sensory / motor tasks. The child with dyspraxia may have a combination
of several problems in varying degrees.
fine and gross motor co-ordination.
with throwing and catching a ball.
awareness of body position in space.
sense of direction.
hopping, skipping or riding a bike.
about which hand to use.
of having hair or teeth brushed, nails and hair cut.
to learn to dress or feed themselves.
some clothes uncomfortable.
with reading, writing.
problems - slow to learn to speak and speech may be incoherent.
or obsessive behaviour and impatient.
There is no cure for dyspraxia but the earlier a child is treated,
the greater the chance of improvement. Occupational therapists,
physiotherapists and extra help at school can all help a child with
dyspraxia to cope or overcome many difficulties, However, a lot
of the skills that we take for granted will never become automatic
to such children and they will have to be taught these skills.
is also know by other names including:
developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD)
Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration Centre