Dyspraxia - Kickstart Learning

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Dyspraxia (also know as Developmental Coordination Disorder) results in difficulties with muscular coordination and movement. The muscles themselves are normal but the brain doesn't have the same control over them as other people's. Up to five percent of children in the UK have some degree of dyspraxia and it is currently diagnosed more often in boys than in girls (Lingam et al. 2009).

The Dyspraxia Foundation list the following signs that might suggest a child is dyspraxic:
  • may not be able to run, hop, jump, or catch or kick a ball as well as their peers can
  • has difficulty in keeping friends or judging how to behave in company
  • has little understanding of concepts such as ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘in front of’ etc.
  • has difficulty in walking up and down stairs
  • poor at dressing
  • slow and hesitant in most actions
  • appears not to be able to learn anything instinctively but must be taught skills
  • falls over frequently
  • poor pencil grip
  • cannot do jigsaws or shape sorting games
  • artwork is very immature
  • often anxious and easily distracted
  • avoids PE and games
  • does badly in class but significantly better on a one-to-one basis
  • reacts to all stimuli without discrimination and attention span is poor
  • may have trouble with maths and writing structured stories
  • experiences great difficulty in copying from the board
  • writes laboriously and immaturely
  • unable to remember and/or follow instructions
  • is generally poorly organised

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