11th March 2024


What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder – DCD) is a surprisingly common condition affecting movement and coordination in children and adults. It is a hidden condition which is still poorly understood. 
Each person’s experience of dyspraxia/DCD is different and will be affected by a person’s age, the opportunities they have had to learn skills, environmental demands and the support/understanding shown by people around them. There are, however, some common signs of dyspraxia/DCD. 
Difficulty coordinating large and small body movements is the main feature of dyspraxia/DCD. Physical signs of dyspraxia/DCD include the following: 
  • Movements appear awkward and lack smoothness 
  • Extra physical and mental effort is required to carry out movements that others manage easily 
  • Poor spatial awareness means more trips, bumps and bruises. 
  • Difficulty learning the movements required to carry out new practical tasks. 
  • Difficulty transferring motor skills to new situations or activities. 
  • Many people with dyspraxia/DCD have difficulty organising themselves, their equipment and their thoughts. Some also experience problems with attention, memory and time management. 
  • Some people with dyspraxia/DCD have difficulty keeping up with conversations and there may be long, awkward pauses before they respond to a question or comment. 


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