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What is Dyspraxia?

Also known as DCD – Developmental co-ordination disorder

Is a common disorder that affects a person’s movements and co-ordination skills.

The Equality Act 2010 refers to Physical or Mental Impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on someone’s ability to carry out everyday activities. This encompasses Dyspraxia. This therefore means that Dyspraxia is a registered disability under the Equalities act.

 

Symptoms 

Symptoms of Dyspraxia can vary from one individual to another, symptoms may also change over time.

Having dyspraxia can cause routine tasks to be more challenging, other symptoms are

  • Problems with movement, balance and or co-ordination
  • Difficulty learning new skills at home or at work and remembering them
  • Difficulty with daily skills such as getting dressed or prepering food
  • The ability to write, type, draw and grasp small objects
  • Dropping things
  • Difficulties playing spots
  • Difficulties jumping and running
  • Struggling to throw or catch something
  • Difficulty dealing with social situations
  • Appearing clumsy

The list goes on.

Dyspraxia doe not affect a person’s intelligence

Do I need a diagnosis?

 If you think you have undiagnosed dyspraxia and you have some or several of the above challenges, keep a diary of your symptoms and speak to your GP about getting tested. Your GP may refer you to a Physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.

This process will be to assess your movements before a diagnosis is made.

If you have Dyspraxia you may also have another neurodiverse condition such as Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism or Dyscalculia and like some other conditions especially with frustration an individual could suffer from anxiety or depression.

 

Why do I have Dyspraxia?

It is not currently known ‘What’ causes dyspraxia but being born prematurely could be a factor. Dyspraxia is also said to be more common in Men and like some other neurodiverse conditions can run in the family.

 

Treatment and support

There is no cure for Dyspraxia however being diagnosed and understanding your condition can greatly assist in the way you live your life.

There are different types of Therapy to assist you in learning how to manage day to day tasks such as living independently, preparing your own meals. There is also Cognitive behavioural therapy which can help you manage your emotions and the way you think and feel about your condition.

Keeping fit and doing regular exercise in a safe environment depending on your level of movement and balance, can also be a really good thing, this can help with co-ordination and help the individual to feel better and less fatigue.

If Writing by hand is difficult, learning how to use a computer or a laptop can be a good tool.

If you would like any further support with Dyspraxia please do make contact with the PNDA Team

Or you could also use the link below to the NHS/Dyspraxia page where you can find further information and guidance.

Does this sound like you?

We would always recommend seeking further assistance, guidance, and a diagnosis from your GP.