Being a dyspraxic adult myself. I can understand the struggles that kids who have the condition face. For one our handwriting is very poor. I’ll go to my attic tonight and find an example of how bad mine was and post it on twitter. By the age of 8 my school decided that I would benefit from a laptop because my handwriting was so poor and it took me ages to copy from the board. Not sure if losing your place from reading a black/whiteboard to writing is a dyspraxic trait. I also struggled to play sports. I think that’s the reason no one really wanted to play team games with me. My teachers accepted that and made me play team games alone. I can hear your brains thinking how can you play a team game on your own. It was a modified game I.e. badminton I would play squash. I was rubbish honestly I think my top score was 5 returns.
Now I work full time I have realised my precipitation and dyspraxia are major hurdles I am going to have to face if I want to continue full-time work.
Ok right enough about me. For you who are not fluent in the terms, I use in my RC blogs. I think it’s about time I tell you what exactly does dyspraxia mean. and then go onto all the usual rc bloggy stuff.
What is Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood causing difficulty in activities requiring coordination and movement.
What causes dyspraxia?
The exact causes of dyspraxia are unknown, it is thought to be caused by a disruption in the way messages from the brain are transmitted to the body. This affects a person’s ability to perform movements in a smooth, coordinated way.
How is it diagnosed
For a diagnosis of DCD to be made, your child will usually need to meet all of the following criteria:
- your child’s motor skills are significantly below the level expected for their age and opportunities they have had to learn and use these skills
- this lack of motor skill significantly and persistently affects your child’s day-to-day activities and their achievements at school
- your child’s symptoms first developed during an early stage of their development
- the lack of motor skills is not better explained by a learning disability or another medical condition, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
As we are all unique there are different treatment methods which work for us in different ways it is discussing these methods with your doctor and hcp.