Here are some organizations and websites that provide information about Dyspraxia. NAPAC does not endorse any of the following services. They are provided for your information only. Please let us know if you have additional resources to add to our lists.
What is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia, also called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), is a neurological disorder that can affect motor skills, memory, speech, perception, judgment, and emotional regulation. Young children may have difficulty with gross motor skills such as walking, hopping, and jumping and fine motor tasks such as using eating utensils, scissors, coloring, and printing. For school-aged children, dyspraxia can present challenges with handwriting, fastening buttons, riding a bicycle, and organizing. Children often have poor short-term and working memory and frustrate easily. Low self-esteem is very common in children with dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia does not affect a person’s intelligence. In fact, that is why it can cause so much frustration: the child (or adult) knows how to complete tasks but has great trouble with the execution. The most effective interventions are physical and occupational therapies. Medications do not appear to improve this condition. Because dyspraxia is a sensory-based motor disorder, sensory integration has also proven beneficial as a treatment.
Dyspraxia is frequently referred to as “the hidden disorder” because on the outside, everything appears typical. But inside, those with dyspraxia know that the way their bodies and minds are wired to doesn’t always fit into society’s current molds. This is why intervention is crucial. Dyspraxia is not in one’s head: it is real, and it does impact one’s life. Additionally, it is often comorbid with others conditions, such as ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and autism spectrum disorders, causing it to be frequently undiagnosed.
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