Dyspraxia – The Basics

Dyspraxia is a disability which prevents messages to and from the brain being transmitted properly. The cause of Dyspraxia is unknown but it may be caused by poor development of nerve cells in the brain.

Dyspraxia causes many problems. I’ve listed some of these problems below.

      • Clumsiness. May drop things, spill things, bump into people, etc.
      •  Difficulty writing, both forming letters and the speed. Writing may even be painful
      •  Reading difficulties.
      •  Speech problems.
      •  Poor short term memory. E.g. If given a list of instructions to carry out, may remember the first and last one but not the ones in between.
      •  Awkward walking and running.
      •  Trouble using a knife and fork. E.g. cutting food or spreading butter.
      •  Sensitive to touch. E.g. uncomfortable brushing your teeth, brushing hair and having it cut and certain clothes uncomfortable to wear.
      •  Sensitive to the texture of certain food, e.g. mashed potato
      •  Sensitive to sounds, e.g. may not like loud music or the noise from a hoover.
      •  Poor Concentration. E.g. easily distracted by background noise.
      •  Poorly organised. E.g. leaving things you need for school at home
      •  Have trouble learning new tasks particularly those involving organization and concentration.
      •  Problems carrying out personal hygiene tasks, E.g. cleaning teeth, applying deodorant, cleansing face, etc
      •  Trouble with social skills, E.g. problems reading and understanding body language, trouble understanding distance rules when sitting/standing next to someone, can’t keep eye contact, etc.

People will not understand your problems so you may not be accepted socially and you may have trouble making friend