Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder that affects fine/gross motor coordination. Children with dyspraxia have difficulty managing fine motor activities such as brushing teeth, tying shoelace, holding objects, moving and arranging things, or managing posture.
Children with dyspraxia may have difficulty in the following areas:
Gross motor skills
Fine motor skills
Memory and focus: Remembering and completing a sequence of tasks in school or at home (packing school bag, completing homework, carrying lunch bag, and so on).
Spatial relationship: Accurately placing or moving objects from one place to another.
The exact cause of dyspraxia is not known, but it is oberved that the condition may be due to the problem with the nerve cells that send signals from the brain to the muscles for coordination.
There is no single test to diagnose dyspraxia. A specialist such as an occupational therapist may evaluate the condition based on the following criteria:
Parents can reach out to an expert such as an occupational therapist, speech therapist, special education expert, or any child psychiatrist to understand the condition, and seek help.
A child with dyspraxia may have difficulty in expressing their thoughts, feelings, or problems, but as caregivers, you can encourage the child to speak and express their difficulties. You can also encourage your child to do easy physical activities that help in developing coordination thereby increasing their confidence.