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Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

In the past this was also known as ‘The clumsy child syndrome’. Praxis is essentially the cognitive aspect of motor learning which improves in an orderly fashion as the brain develops. With adequate environmental stimulation and practice new skills are learned. Writing is one skill that is learned in this way as are many other fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors, using a knife and fork, closing zips/buttons or tying shoelaces. Dyspraxia relates to inability to learn a motor skill that is appropriate to the child’s age. A child with dyspraxia has difficulty doing what s/he needs to do and wants to do in order to perform a specific task. S/he may have difficulty getting organised e.g. remembering what books to bring to school or what classes they have. Teachers/Parents/Guardians may describe such a child as ‘scattered’. Tasks such as riding a bicycle or learning to swim may be difficult. General coordination and balance may be poor. At meal times there may be frequent ‘accidents’ or spillages.
 
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