Dyspraxia is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder. It is a difficulty that can be considered significant when it interferes with the normal range of activities expected of a child of their age.
Dyspraxia can adversely affect speech and language, fine motor control and gross motor control.
Some of the difficulties may include:
- Handwriting difficulties
- Difficulties with using tools, utensils and cutlery
- Struggling to run in a straight line,
- Struggle to kick, run, hop and they could regularly bump into people
- Poor attention span
- Easily distracted in class
- Difficulty understanding concepts such as ‘in’, ‘on’ and ‘in front of’
- Struggling to organise themselves
- Difficulty following instructions
- Struggle with explaining their needs or answering a question
- Difficulties with social skills, for example keeping friends, understanding how to behave in social situations, and struggling with personal belongings.
- Struggle with change and understand how others feel.