The first symptoms of dyspraxia become evident when physical milestones are not reached at expected times. For example, most children learn to roll over, sit, crawl, stand and walk within a range of certain ages. Children with dyspraxia often do not reach these milestones when expected (and may not reach them at all). Physical movements are difficult in a variety of ways.
Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia appears to hinder thought processes as well. Individuals with this condition have trouble planning and organising their thoughts. They are often unable to understand logic or reason.
Many of the learning disabilities that children with dyspraxia face are linked with embarrassment related to their physical disability. School age children with this disorder suffer from poor coordination, which limits their ability to participate in sports.
They often have immature speech that is both slow and difficult to understand. Even the most basic school age skills are difficult to master. Printing, playing ball, tying shoes, even assembling puzzles are all activities that seem to highlight their dyspraxia. Instead of progress and accomplishment, these tasks that are so easy for others are quite upsetting for the child with dyspraxia. This leads to social awkwardness and a growing unwillingness to even attempt any sort of social interaction.