Dyspraxia

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Dyspraxia is a chronic disability that affects coordination. It is also known as developmental coordination disorder. 2-6% of people have dyspraxia. Four times as many males than females have it.[1] It is sometimes called 'clumsy child syndrome',[2] but adults have it too. People with dyspraxia (Dyspraxics) may have other disabilities such as ADHD or autism.

There is no single cause of dyspraxia. It may not be diagnosed until later in childhood or sometimes teenage years. It cannot be cured: people who have it will live with it for life, however people are able to overcome it and find alternative ways to accomplish tasks which may usually be difficult without support.

Signs[change | change source]

  • Finding it hard to tell between left and right
  • Finding it hard to learn to tie shoelaces, ties or put on tights
  • Bad balance and poor self-awareness some children's heads go fuzzy and forget things
  • Messy/untidy, hard-to-read handwriting (some use a computer)

Associated disorders[change | change source]

People who have developmental coordination disorder may also have one or more of these conditions:

Famous people with dyspraxia[change | change source]

Daniel Radcliffe has dyspraxia.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. David Grant 2010. That's the way I think: dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD explained. Oxford; New York: Routledge, p. 141.
  2. Penny Deiner 2013. Inclusive early childhood education: development, resources, and practice. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, p. 395.
  3. Fliers EA, Franke B, Buitelaar JK (2011). "Motor problems in children with ADHD receive too little attention in clinical practice". Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd (in Dutch and Flemish). 155 (50): A3559. PMID 22186361.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gillberg C, Kadesjö B (2003). "Why bother about clumsiness? The implications of having developmental coordination disorder (DCD)". Neural Plast. 10 (1–2): 59–68. doi:10.1155/NP.2003.59. PMC 2565425. PMID 14640308.
  5. Dziuk M.A.; et al. (2007). "Dyspraxia in autism: association with motor, social, and communicative deficits". Dev Med Child Neurol. 49 (10): 734–9. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.2007.00734.x. PMID 17880641. Explicit use of et al. in: |author= (help)
  6. Jeste SS (2011). "The neurology of autism spectrum disorders". Curr. Opin. Neurol. 24 (2): 132–9. doi:10.1097/WCO.0b013e3283446450. PMC 3160764. PMID 21293268.
  7. Miyahara, M. (2013). "Meta review of systematic and meta analytic reviews on movement differences, effect of movement based interventions, and the underlying neural mechanisms in autism spectrum disorder". Front Integr Neurosci. 7: 16. doi:10.3389/fnint.2013.00016. PMC 3607787. PMID 23532374.
  8. Pieters S.; et al. (2012). "Mathematical problems in children with developmental coordination disorder". Res Dev Disabil. 33 (4): 1128–35. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2012.02.007. PMID 22502838. Explicit use of et al. in: |last= (help)
  9. Van Waelvelde H.; et al. (2012). "SOS: a screening instrument to identify children with handwriting impairments". Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 32 (3): 306–19. doi:10.3109/01942638.2012.678971. PMID 22515913. Explicit use of et al. in: |last= (help)
  10. Susan J. Pickering (2012). "Chapter 2. Working memory in dyslexia". In Tracy Packiam Alloway; Susan E. Gathercole (eds.). Working memory and neurodevelopmental disorders. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1-135-42134-2.
  11. Barnhart R.C. et al 2003. Developmental coordination disorder. Phys Therapy 83 (8): 722–31. PMID 12882613
  12. Elbasan B, Kay 305 Han H, Duzgun I (2012). "Sensory integration and activities of daily living in children with developmental coordination disorder". Ital J Pediatr. 38 (1): 14. doi:10.1186/1824-7288-38-14. PMC 3395584. PMID 22546072.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. Biggs, Victoria (2005). "2 The hidden people at home". Caged in chaos : a dyspraxic guide to breaking free. London ; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 978-1-84310-347-9. OCLC 57316751.
  14. Alloway, TP; Archibald, L (2008). "Working memory and learning in children with developmental coordination disorder and specific language impairment". Journal of Learning Disabilities. 41 (3): 251–62. doi:10.1177/0022219408315815. PMID 18434291.
  15. Schoemaker MM.; et al. (2001). "Perceptual skills of children with developmental coordination disorder" (PDF). Hum Mov Sci. 20 (1–2): 111–33. doi:10.1016/s0167-9457(01)00031-8. PMID 11471393. Explicit use of et al. in: |last= (help)
  16. Chris Irvine, 'Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe has dyspraxia', The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group Limited (04 September 2013)

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