Medical Q&As

Dyspraxia

Any ideas on how best to help a 10-year-old girl with dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is defined as a partial loss of the ability to perform co-ordinated movements. It is more common in boys than in girls. Such children are often crudely referred to as being very clumsy. Common problems caused by dyspraxia include the following: poor posture, awkward gait, difficulty catching or throwing a ball, difficulty with hopping skipping and riding a bike, inability to hold a pen properly, difficulty with feeding and dressing. Some children may have speech difficulties such as delay in being able to speak or general incoherence of speech. The pattern of disability can vary greatly from one child to the next. There is no cure for dyspraxia but the earlier a child is diagnosed and treated the greater the chance of improvement. Given the range of possible disabilities a variety of professionals could be involved in the child’s care including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. Many of the skills that we take for granted have to be taught to a child with dyspraxia so they never become an automatic function for the child. For further information on this subject you might like to visit the following site:http://indigo.ie/~dyspraxi/