"Our neurologist was not surprised that my grandson
has problems with handwriting and math. She explained dyspraxia can affect
all areas of processing and planning. Instructions and expectations have
to be broken down and preferably modeled."
Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor skill developments. Those
with dyspraxia have difficulty performing simple everyday tasks that most
people take for granted...Dyspraxia may affect any or all areas of
development - physical, intellectual, emotional, social, language, and
sensory - and may impair the normal process of learning.
Developmental dyspraxia is a disorder characterized by an impairment in
the ability to plan and carry out sensory and motor tasks. Generally,
individuals with the disorder appear "out of sync" with their
environment. Symptoms vary and may include poor balance and coordination,
clumsiness, vision problems, perception difficulties, emotional and
behavioral problems, difficulty with reading, writing, and speaking, poor
social skills, poor posture, and poor short-term memory. Although
individuals with the disorder may be of average or above average
intelligence, they may behave immaturely.
Dyspraxia can make it difficult for children to develop social skills,
and they may have trouble getting along with peers. Though they are
intelligent, these children may seem immature and some may develop phobias
and obsessive behavior.
All young people must deal with their rapidly changing bodies. However
many young people with dyspraxia may also have the added stress of dealing
with coordination problems, as well as speech and academic difficulties.
Coordination difficulties can be particularly problematic in physical
education classes and other sports activities.
Speech difficulties can interfere with casual conversation, which can
result in social awkwardness and an unwillingness to risk engaging in
Writing difficulties such as poor letter formation, pencil grip and
slow writing can make school work frustrating.
Successful people have Dyspraxia such as Harry Potter's Daniel
approaches to Dyspraxia