You may not have heard of dyspraxia although it is a fairly common disorder. Dyspraxia affects the ability to plan and coordinate physical movement. Children who suffer from it may struggle to speak clearly. They appear clumsy when walking and struggle to hold a pencil. They may find it difficult to do daily physical tasks like holding a brush. Dyspraxia can affect life skills, academic performance, emotions, behavior, and communication. Children often experience difficulties in group settings. They are anxious about socializing, especially as they grow older. They may behave immaturely and battle in a classroom setting. Symptoms may be mild or more severe. Learning more about the condition can help you to find ways to help your child.
Dyspraxia affects the development of gross and fine motor skills. It causes children to struggle with posture and balance. They may battle to walk or jump. Fine motor difficulties cause problems with writing and speaking clearly. Dyspraxia affects children differently. Some may find it hard to complete a single movement like waving hello. Others may find tasks that need more than one movement difficult such as making a bed or brushing teeth. Verbal apraxia may cause difficulty in coordinating mouth and tongue movements. They are unable to pronounce words. Some children find it hard to understand spatial relationships. They struggle to do puzzles or use construction blocks.
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