Another type of learning disability is dyspraxia, which is the topic for today’s post. This is one that I wasn’t familiar with prior to doing some research into learning disabilities. I am sure that I am not the only one who may not be familiar with dyspraxia.
Perhaps all the more reason to bring some awareness to it and share what I’ve learned.
So, let’s dive into it.
What is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a neurological condition that affects movement, coordination, and fine and/or gross motor skills. It will also affect judgement, processing, and other cognitive skills. It also impacts a person’s ability to plan and process motor tasks.
It affects daily activities that involves these things. Tasks requiring balance or handling small objects are more difficult for those with dyspraxia.
It is a common condition that affects both children and adults. It is a condition that seems to affect boys more than girls.
It seems that those with dyspraxia reach certain milestones a little later than those without the condition.
Before moving on, I feel that there is one last thing important to mention here. Although it affects certain cognitive skills and can make things like learning new skill challenging, dyspraxia has nothing to do with intelligence.
Symptoms and Signs
Dyspraxia affects those with it differently. It can also change overtime.
However, there are still some common signs and symptoms of dyspraxia. Here are of them.
- Can be clumsy and move awkwardly
- Difficulty with balance.
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Poor visual perception
- Difficulty with fine motor skills such as writing and drawing
- Messy eating and drinking
- Difficulty learning new skills
- General irritability
These are just some examples of what those with dyspraxia may struggle with.
Dyspraxia can eventually impact the self-esteem of those with dyspraxia.
What Can Help
Although there are no cures or medication of it, there are things that can help those with dyspraxia manage their symptoms and improve their abilities.
For starters, those with dyspraxia can see occupational therapists. OTs will focus on the motor skills and physical task the person struggles with. They will also be able to help those with dyspraxia find new ways of doing things that work best for them.
Physical therapy can also be beneficial. Physical therapists can help with movement and physical strength.
Seeing a psychologist can also be beneficial. Many with dyspraxia may have low self-esteem due to their condition. So seeing a psychologist can help with this, as well as stress management, and their mental health, for example.
Not many may be aware of dyspraxia. I know I wasn’t. I didn’t realize that some struggle with fine and/or gross motor skills, coordination, and such.
And yet, some still do. It is not uncommon.
It is unfortunately not one of the more well known learning disabilities. However, it is still something that more of us should be aware of. Hopefully with time, we can all bring more awareness to the different types of learning disabilities.
Thanks for the ‘What can help’ section. I teach students with autism and sometimes there is a secondary disability. This is great to keep in mind.
I’m glad that it helped. I’m sure it’s not always working with kids with disabilities.