Dyspraxia – also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) – falls under the neurodiversity umbrella. It is characterised by difficulties with coordination, mental manipulation and sequencing of movements.
Dyspraxia is a lifelong condition that affects how the brain processes information. It can affect children and adults of all ages and degrees of severity. This disorder is usually diagnosed in childhood but can go undiagnosed for many years.
Dyspraxia can improve with age as the brain is able to make better connections, especially with help from a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
Signs and symptoms of dyspraxia
The symptoms of dyspraxia can vary from person to person, but usually include:
- poor balance
- problems with speech
- problems with reading
- and there may be issues with physical development that affect a person’s hand-eye coordination in everyday tasks, such as catching a ball or opening a door.
Dyspraxia can also impact intellectual development, social abilities, and language skills.
Individuals may self-identify as clumsy and not sure of their own strength. Some dyspraxic individuals also experience anxiety as well as other sensory sensitivities.
Neurodivergent individuals who are dyspraxic have many strengths such as the ability to think outside the box, pay close attention to detail and have non-linear thinking skills.