What Is Dyspraxia? – Dyspraxia in children , This week is Dyspraxia Awareness Week. Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty, and shares many characteristic difficulties with other SLDs like dyslexia and dyscalculia – things like problems in organising and memorising information. Dyspraxia is a problem in learning and co-ordinating movements. It needs to be identified early so that support can be put in place before a child becomes thoroughly put off school because they find it hard, for example, to do handwriting and PE. It’s not something that can be treated – rather, strategies are taught to the child to help them manage their difficulties.
The sort of signs you can look out for in your child are:
‘clumsiness’ – falling more than their peers, or bumping into objects, or misjudging their own strength;
inability to sit still;
poor or illegible handwriting;
hands that ‘flap’ when they run;
poor ability to do things like catch a ball or kick it accurately.
Children with dyspraxia can also have speech dyspraxia, although the two conditions can appear independently of each other. Signs of speech dyspraxia being the cause of a speech delay can include that the child uses mainly vowels, mixes up sounds in single words, has difficulty remembering what they want to say, flat intonation, and lack of progress in standard speech therapy treatments.
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