Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is an impairment of the organisation of movement and affects fine and gross motor skills. 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. Someone with dyspraxia may also have associated difficulties with language, perception and thought.

It is thought that between 5 – 10% of the UK population have Dyspraxia, contrary to myth you do not grow out of it.

 Strengths

  • Creativity, imagination, original thinking
  • Able to identify patterns, links and inter-relationships
  • Good holistic/strategic thinking
  • Analytical and observant with an eye for detail
  • Open-minded, considerate, patient and empathetic
  • Problem solving – alternative and innovative solutions
  • Thorough and methodical
  • Own strategies to overcome difficulties
  • Visual thinker/explainer
  • Determination, resilience and motivation

 Some key issues faced can include:-

  • A range of movement and co-ordination difficulties including:
  • Issues with writing or using equipment and machinery
  • Struggling with dressing
  • Clumsiness such as trips or falls, bumping into things or dropping things
  • Concentration and memory can also be affected, leading to:
    • Poor attention span and focus, easily distracted
    • Forgetting things, missing appointments, losing things
    • Difficulty following instructions
  • Organisational levels characterised by:
    • Difficulty in planning, prioritising and meeting deadlines
    • Disorganised work area
    • Difficulty multi-tasking or returning to tasks
  • Slow reading, misreading or misunderstanding of information
  • Some individuals with Dyspraxia experience heightened sensitivity to light, temperature, sound, touch and may have visual perception difficulties which can lead to:
    • Difficulty focussing, blurred vision
    • Struggling to keep up with work/tiredness
    • Finding copying and proof reading hard
    • Issues with spatial awareness and trouble interpreting information from different senses
  • The issues described above can lead to communication and social difficulties
    • Making conversation, answering questions quickly
    • Working in groups, misunderstanding others
  • Which in turn can lead to confidence and self-esteem issues shown by :
    • avoiding social situations
    • Doubting their abilities – especially in work
    • Finding it hard to cope with change and a fear of trying new things