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Dyspraxia

"Our neurologist was not surprised that my grandson has problems with handwriting and math. She explained dyspraxia can affect all areas of processing and planning. Instructions and expectations have to be broken down and preferably modeled."

Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects motor skill developments. Those with dyspraxia have difficulty performing simple everyday tasks that most people take for granted...Dyspraxia may affect any or all areas of development - physical, intellectual, emotional, social, language, and sensory - and may impair the normal process of learning.

Source: www.dyspraxiausa.org

Developmental dyspraxia is a disorder characterized by an impairment in the ability to plan and carry out sensory and motor tasks. Generally, individuals with the disorder appear "out of sync" with their environment. Symptoms vary and may include poor balance and coordination, clumsiness, vision problems, perception difficulties, emotional and behavioral problems, difficulty with reading, writing, and speaking, poor social skills, poor posture, and poor short-term memory. Although individuals with the disorder may be of average or above average intelligence, they may behave immaturely.

Source: www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/dyspraxia/dyspraxia.htm

Dyspraxia can make it difficult for children to develop social skills, and they may have trouble getting along with peers. Though they are intelligent, these children may seem immature and some may develop phobias and obsessive behavior.

All young people must deal with their rapidly changing bodies. However many young people with dyspraxia may also have the added stress of dealing with coordination problems, as well as speech and academic difficulties.

Coordination difficulties can be particularly problematic in physical education classes and other sports activities.

Speech difficulties can interfere with casual conversation, which can result in social awkwardness and an unwillingness to risk engaging in conversation.

Writing difficulties such as poor letter formation, pencil grip and slow writing can make school work frustrating.

Source: www.ncld.org

Successful people have Dyspraxia such as Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2573230/Harry-Potters-Daniel-Radcliffe-has-dyspraxia.html 

Addtl. websites:

Dyspraxia
www.cafamily.org.uk/Direct/d48.html

Wholistic approaches to Dyspraxia
http://home.iprimus.com.au/rboon/Dyspraxia.htm

 

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