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Dyspraxia

Definition


Dyspraxia is a disorder which affects the co-ordination of small and/or large movements (fine and/or gross motor skills) in children and adults. An individual with Dyspraxia will have problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order.

Dyspraxia is a form of developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD) and is a lifelong condition. A person may be born with Dyspraxia or may acquire it later in life, for example, following a brain injury.

As Dyspraxia affects co-ordination of movements, it can also affect speech. Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD) refers to those children who experience difficulty in making and co-ordinating the precise movements needed for speech. As such, speech is usually unclear. The child may miss out parts of words, find it difficult to make certain sounds or speak too quickly/slowly or loudly/quietly, making it very difficult for the child to express their thoughts and wishes.

Notes


In most cases it is not clear what causes Dyspraxia. Research suggests that it may be due to a problem with the way messages are transmitted from the brain to the body.

Difficulties can vary from person to person. Everyday activities, such as writing and co-ordinating movements for self-care are likely to be affected. In addition, a person with Dyspraxia may go on to have problems with time management, planning and personal organisation.

How we can help


Our therapists will be able to assess the individual's strengths and difficulties, to identify what they can do well and what they are finding difficult.

Therapy input will be tailored to suit the individual's needs. Goals may include working on improving breath support and the production of certain sounds, as well as working on ways to improve organisational skills. We can also provide advice on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems (e.g. a communication aid) if needed, to help them to communicate to the best of their ability.

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