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Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is also known as developmental co-ordination disorder, and is the partial loss of the ability to co-ordinate and perform movements and gestures. This often leads to clumsiness, lack of coordination and problems with language, perception and thought. Symptoms are normally noticeable from an early age where it takes longer for a sufferer to roll over, sit, crawl, stand, walk, speak and toilet train. However, dyspraxia can affect people in lots of different ways, with a sufferer being able to perform a task one day and the not be able to the next. While dyspraxia does not affect how intelligent a child is, it does affect a child’s ability to learn and often needs extra help at school.

A recent study suggested that only 2 in every one hundred children have the condition with boys being four times more likely to have dyspraxia than girls. But the condition can run in the family and develop alongside existing conditions such as ADHD and dyslexia.

The cause of dyspraxia is unknown, but recent medical thought suggests that the condition may be caused by motor neurones in the brain not developing properly. Motor neurones are nerve cells that pass signals from the brain to the muscles to control movement. There has also been links between dyspraxia and premature birth, being born with a low birth weight and maternal smoking, drug use and alcohol use. It can additionally be acquired as a result of brain damage, for instance from a stroke or a head injury.

There is no cure for dyspraxia but there are therapies available that can help control the symptoms such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to allow the sufferer to remain independent. Perceptual motor training may also be prescribed. This is a series of exercises that cover language skills, hearing and listening skills and movement skills to help control the symptoms of dyspraxia. A clinical psychologist and educational psychologist can help with the emotional and psychological impact of living with the condition. However, for children displaying mild symptoms the condition can disappear as they reach adulthood. This is still quiet rare though, with 9 out of 10 children continuing to have difficulties as a teenager and into adulthood.

There are various online tests available to help give you an indication of whether you might have dyspraxia. One of these is provided by Dore and is available below.

Take the Dore Dyspraxia test >

Find out more about Dyspraxia from The Dyspraxia Foundation >

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My son has recently been diagnosed with dyspraxia at age 4. In South Africa there is hardly any support or programs for children with dyspraxia. No government or subsidised programs etc. So the cost of therapies (speech ; OT etc) are enormous. Because of the lack of programs I also had to leave my job to help my boy. So we are even worse of. Because he is Afrikaans speaking, we cannot even make use of any international programs provided for dyspraxia. Can you just imagine the challenges we are facing? Any supportive advise will be appreciated





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Its get better I have it im 21 and im dyslexic dyspraicqp and have mild aspegers it gets better you learn to deal with it let the kids be





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I have a 14 yr old son with some of the same issues. He struggles with tying shoelaces, and with woodwork etc at school. He too struggles with Lego and co-ordination. He has now started making involuntary sounds. He has never had a friend, and has never socialised with any other kids and admits he finds it difficult to mix. Since he was younger he has shown signs of dyspraxia but also Asbergers. I have always hoped he would get better as he got older, but I am now going to make an appt with GP to see if I can get him some help. I feel so guilty for not doing this sooner :-(

I have an appt with my doctor to discuss my sons issues as I believe he has dyspraxia. He is 12 and a half and I have noted around 38 different things that make my son stand out from others around him, included strugging with tying laces, very bad at maths and basic counting. He gets confused with left and right, cant tell the time very well, has no social life and no real friends, says innapropriate things and interrupts people, struggles building lego, climbing, runs flat footed (stomps) stutters, very disorganised and forgetful etc... I have been fobbed off twice already by the doctors who have previously told me there is nothing wrong with him. He is my son and I know him inside out. I feel sad that he recognises his differences and doesnt know why he is different. Has anyone else had this problem, where they are struggling for a diagnosis? :-(





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Hi, I had this very problem of not being able to get diagnosed, I eventually did at 19 but fought hard for a diagnosis for years, I suffer from the same problems your son does with tying laces etc,I would say keep trying until you find a doctor who will diagnose, I ended up being refered to kings college for an assessment and finally got diagnosed, I would try contacting them as well. I think the reason its hard to get a diagnosis is because it is a recent condition and still isnt recognised and most people see it a clumsy child. Also if your son takes his time doing things he will learn how to do them just like a normal child but maybe a bit differently and in his own way.

I'm 23 and was diagnosed with dyspraxia aged 7. Growing up was a nightmare. I had severe confidence issues and even today have never managed to make even one friend. At school P.E was a pain, I really struggled with catching, throwing etc. However I was quite an imaginative child and I excelled at essays in spite of my messy writing. As an adult, I am finding life very confusing at times.





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My son has difficulties And he hasnt been diagnosed hes 2 and a half he shakes his his hands and legs goes cross eyed and looks into space smiles etc.. I snap him out of it by calling his name or shaking his arm or leg he gets moody its as if he likes it hes started doing it more and more mabye 50 to 100 times a day and night. Sometimes hours on end hes been tested for epilepsy passed the brain scan can any body help me???





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Hi this doesn't sound like normal behaviour, and clearly the GP didn't think so either or they wouldn't have referred you for the brain scan. I think you need to push for more investigation, go back to your GP, or Health Visitor. Has he had his eyes checked by an orthoptist? How was his 2 year check with the Health visitor, has he had it? Your entry worries me, but I'm sure that the health professionals that have investigated him so far are not going to just leave things as they if they believe what you say!

Dyspraxia shouldn't be featured on this program it isn't an embarrassing ailment and shouldn't be featured alongside the weird rashes and hemorrhoids, its offensive. Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty that is limiting when compared to all of the other capabilities a child or adult has. Some of the greatest and most intelligent people on earth (Einstein, Michelangelo...) had SpLDs and just because they wouldn't have adhered to the British schooling system does not mean they are thick or should be embarrassed. DORE is also a sham organisation that wrongly charges concerned parents up to £1000 pounds a pop for so called healing programs! This condition is genetic and lifelong and cannot be cured with expensive tutoring.





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I am looking into dyspraxia as I am effected by allot of the symptoms connected with it. I have Hand Mirroring in both my hands ie they both have the same grip/movement and am trying to find out if this is somthing that is often seen with dyspraxia.?





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My son is 4 and is currently waiting to be seen for a diagnosis for his behaviour and abilities. Please can anyone tell me if, in their experience/knowledge, making random sounds is a part or symptom of dyspraxia?





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I'm probably incorrect but I'll say it anyway. Dyspraxia can share some symptoms with Aspergers or other disorders along the autism spectrum and Tourette's is not uncommon for those with Aspergers

Thank you Hannah so so very much for getting back to me with regard to my message about my little girl ... It was so very appreciated to hear a positive yet true experience of your condition .. You have given me so much more hope in my despair ... I believe in my beautiful girl .. just want the world around her to understand her too... She does appear to also have a sensory problem and I presume this comes with the condition... and hope it will get better ... for her sake in the future..





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Hi can dyspraxia but falsely diagnosed as Autism? My son was diagnosed by preschool with verbal dyspraxia then dyspraxia in preschool years. He was 9 years when he was "diagnosed" with autism so I took him for a second opinion to a bupa hospital who said its dyspraxia. After watching you programme the man you showed is just like an older version my son. We live in the Isle of Man it's really hard to get him the help he needs and deserves





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Dyspraxia is on the autistic spectrum, yes. I'm no MD but I am dyspraxic and as an adult compared to how I was as a child (incredibly mal a droit, a stammer, social problems, accident prone etc.) I've come on leaps and bounds. You can grow out of certain aspects of it and come up with coping strategies. I would advise against paying for any services, whenever I have I strongly felt like I was being ripped off.





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