What is dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder of the brain during childhood, causing difficulty in activities requiring coordination and movement. Some children even with average intellect may find difficulty in some aspects of learning, such as concentrating, planning and carrying out sensory/motor tasks. A Child with Dyspraxia may display some of the following indicators:
– Poor balance,
– Poor fine and gross motor co-ordination,
– Poor posture,
– Difficulty with throwing and catching a ball,
– Poor awareness of body position in space,
– Poor sense of direction,
– Difficulty in hopping, skipping or riding a bike,
– Sensitive to touch,
– Confused about which hand to use,
–Intolerance of having hair or teeth brushed, nails and hair cut,
– Slow to learn to dress or feed themselves,
– Find some clothes uncomfortable,
– Difficulty with reading, writing,
– Speech problems – slow to learn to speak and speech may be incoherent,
– Phobias or obsessive behavior and impatient;
Our Occupational Therapists provide Assessment to determine a diagnosis of Dyspraxia.
The assessment will include
- Initial Intake with Parent to gather information about child
- We will require information from child’s school
- Standardized assessment will take place within our clinic with our Senior Clinicians
- Follow up with Parents to go through results and Report
- Report will enable child to access resources within their education to support them along with recommendations for support services therapeutically.
If you or your child’s teacher have concerns regarding Dyspraxia please contact us for Parental Consultation where we will offer a plan for your child.
For further information around Dyspraxia please contact Harry in Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland – Dyspraxia/DCD