Dyspraxia is an alternative name for Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Dyspraxia mainly causes issues with coordination resulting in clumsy type behaviour. Read more...
Dyspraxic people also have problems with motor skills.
Fine motor skills require precise movements like
Doing up buttons
Gross Motor skills relate to balance and coordination including:
Catching and throwing
Riding a bike
Sufferers will therefore often avoid participating in sport. The signs of Dyspraxia vary with age and development. For example, young children often show delays in achieving developmental skills (e.g. tying shoelaces, buttoning shirts, zipping pants/trousers) and can appear quite clumsy. Older children often have problems with fine motor control; doing puzzles, building models or playing ball games. Many children do not show difficulties with the early milestones of sitting and crawling but show later difficulties with more complex activities – those which requires the involvement of the cerebellum.
Other Dyspraxia symptoms may show in:
Coordination and balance
Some have issues with noise and feeling
Extreme cases with speech impediments
These skills take longer to develop in children with dyspraxic tendencies.
Many of the symptoms associated with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD are believed to be linked to poor cerebellar efficiency. Through daily exercises focussed on balance, eye tracking and coordination the Dore programme aims to improve the performance of the cerebellum, the ‘skill centre’ of the brain which makes everyday tasks automatic.
There have been many papers written about the research into dyspraxia and the cerebellum. Here is a list of recommended reading.
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