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Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2021 Oct 6-11Dyspraxia Awareness Week this year will focus on Furth...

By Pareto Team


Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2021 Oct 6-11

Dyspraxia Awareness Week this year will focus on Further and Higher Education and Dyspraxia in Adulthood.

What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech, DCD is a lifelong condition. DCD occurs across the range of intellectual abilities, individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.

An individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment.

Children may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, typing, and riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities. In adulthood many of these difficulties will continue, as well as learning new skills at home, in education and work, such as driving a car and DIY.

There may be a range of co-occurring difficulties which can also have serious negative impacts on daily life. These include social and emotional difficulties as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation, and these may also affect an adult’s education or employment experiences.

Many people with DCD also experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought. There are also many strengths associated with this neurotype. Big picture thinking, problem solving, tenacity, creativity and empathy are all qualities associated with DCD.  

What causes dyspraxia?

Although the exact causes of dyspraxia are unknown, it is thought to be caused by a disruption in the way messages from the brain are transmitted to the body. This affects a person’s ability to perform movements in a smooth, coordinated way.

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Fundraising Appeal | Dyspraxia Foundation

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