What is Dyspraxia?

Developmental co-ordination disorder, Developmental Dyspraxia, Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, Clumsy Child Syndrome, and Motor Learning Difficulties. There have been many definitions of co-ordination disorders over the years however they all center on the same issue.

Praxis enables the child to use his or her hands and body in a skilled and organise way, e.g. to hold and use cutlery, scissors and pencils and dress independently.  ‘Dyspraxia is defined as difficulty in planning and carrying out skilld, non-habitual motor tasks in the correct sequence.  Praxis includes knowing what to do and how to do it.’ (Ayres, 1989).  Dyspraxia is a specific disorder that affects the planning and organisation of motor task that, in turn, may result in motor clumsiness.  Dyspraxia is NOT a primary problem in motor co-ordination but in formulating a plan of action.  Dyspraxia is a more specific term that DCD and is likely to be a sub-type of DCD. 

Common Signs and Symptoms of Dyspraxia/ Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

Difficulties may include poor motor development, postural control, perceptual development, praxis, attention and activity levels, behavioural control, language development and academic learning.  

How can SPOT help a child with DCD or Dyspraxia?

Children are provided in group sessions the opportunity to challenge their coordination difficulties in fun interactive activities.  Working in a group takes the pressure ‘to perform’ off the individual child and provides the opportunity to use their developing skills in a typical functional way.  We provide these opportunities using everyday activities geared to be age appropriate.  Through the learning of motor skills in a supportive environment the child’s confidence grows and the fear of fdailure diminishes.

Contact us today to book your free consultation, or just to chat about the ways the Speech and Occupational Therapy can help your child.