Riding a bike
Catching a ball
Eating (without being messy or VERY slow!)
Locks and keys
Finding your way around
Writing quickly, and legibly (note taking)
This list is not definitive and you won't necessarily have all of the signs and symptoms of Dyspraxia but if you (or someone you know) might be affected, please contact us, via our facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/TheTwoDyspraxics for more details, and please feel free to explore our website.
The international Consensus Statement – Ontario 1994 describes D C D (Dyspraxia) as:
“A chronic and usually permanent condition characterised by impairment of both functional performance and quality of movement that is not explicable in terms of intellect, or by any other diagnosable neurological or psychiatric features.
Individuals with DCD display a qualitative difference in movement which differentiated them from those of the same age without the disability. The nature of these qualitative differences, whilst considered to change over time, tends to persist through the life span.” (Fox and Polarajko 1994)
The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic Manual (DSM –IV) outlines the diagnostic features as being:
A. A Marked impairment in the development of motor co-ordination
B. The diagnosis is made only if this impairment significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living
C. The diagnosis is made if the co-ordination difficulties are not due to a general medical condition e.g. Cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or Pervasive Developmental Disorder [Asperger’s Syndrome]
Definition by The Dyspraxia Foundation UK 2009:
Developmental dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. It is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. The term dyspraxia comes from the word praxis, which means 'doing, acting'. Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought.
Dyspraxia is thought to affect up to ten per cent of the population and up to two per cent severely. Males are four times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families. There may be an overlap with related conditions.( Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia , ADHD and Tourettes syndrome.)
Other names for dyspraxia include Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Perceptuo-Motor Dysfunction, and Motor Learning Difficulties. It used to be known as Minimal Brain Damage and Clumsy Child Syndrome.
Frances Beaumont (Occupational Therapist)