Dyspraxia is a hard condition to explain to people who are not acquainted with it. There are so many aspects to it which make it very difficult to explain it and many dyspraxics have a variety of symptoms that other dyspraxics do not have.
However it can be said that developmental dyspraxia is a chronic neurological disorder beginning in childhood that can affect planning of movements and co-ordination as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body.
For example, one dyspraxic may be able to tying shoe laces without difficulty, whereas another dyspraxic may not. Dyspraxia is different in every single individual although there is a general list of problems many dyspraxics face every day.
Dyspraxia is a neurological condition which affects the brain. It prevents messages to and from the brain being transmitted properly. It affects all or any areas of development in children which are mainly these six areas: intellectual; emotional; physical; language; social; sensory.
It may also impair a person’s learning ability. Dyspraxia mainly affects people’s fine and/or gross motor co-ordination as well as many other things.
Dyspraxia causing some many problems, some more common than other but here is a general list of problems dyspraxics face every day:
- Clumsiness. May drop things, spill things, bump into people, etc.
- Difficulty writing, both forming letters and the speed. Writing may even be painful.
- Reading difficulties.
- Speech problems.
- Poor short term memory, e.g. if given a list of instructions to carry out, may remember the first and last one but not the ones in between.
- Awkward walking and running.
- Trouble using a knife and fork, e.g. cutting food or spreading butter.
- Sensitive to touch, e.g. uncomfortable brushing your teeth, brushing hair and having it cut and certain clothes uncomfortable to wear.
- Sensitive to the texture of certain food, e.g. mashed potato
- Sensitive to sounds, e.g. may not like loud music or the noise from a hoover.
- Poor concentration, e.g. easily distracted by background noise.
- Poorly organised, e.g. leaving things you need for school at home
- Have trouble learning new tasks particularly those involving organization and concentration.
- Problems carrying out personal hygiene tasks, e.g. cleaning teeth, applying deodorant, cleansing face, etc.
- Trouble with social skills, e.g. problems reading and understanding body language, trouble understanding distance rules when sitting/standing next to someone, cannot keep eye contact, etc.
- People will not understand your problems so you may not be accepted socially and you may have trouble making friends.
- Phobias or obsessive behaviour and impatient.