Explainer: what is dyspraxia and how is it different to clumsiness?

survey of 750 Canadian family doctors found 91% had never heard of dyspraxia. Families reported consulting ten or more specialists before receiving a diagnosis. Australia seems to be in a similar situation.

A diagnosis helps those working with the child to better understand their difficulties and provide appropriate support. A teacher may need to modify tasks, for example, to allow a child more time to complete writing activities. A diagnosis also helps the child better understand themselves.

If you’re concerned about your child’s motor skills, talk to your doctor or paediatrician and ask for a referral to a paediatric occupational therapist for an assessment.

Medicare provides allied health rebates for five chronic disease treatments sessions per year. There are also a select number of community-based programs to treat dyspraxia, such as the University of Western Australia’s UniGym program. But more programs and resources are needed.

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