Many with Autism Have Dyspraxia, But What Is It, Exactly?


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Dyspraxia is, simply put, difficulty with movement. It can affect gross motor skills (large movements that involve the limbs or entire body, like walking or running) as well as fine motor skills (smaller movements, such as writing, grasping, or looking around). Some struggle with single-step motor movements, like hair-brushing, whereas others have difficulties with tasks that involve a series of different movements, such as making the bed. Still others have trouble with speaking; also known as verbal apraxia, these individuals may struggle to move their mouths in the delicate, complicated movements that produce words and sounds, resulting in slurred or hard-to-understand speech. In some cases, those with verbal apraxia may not be able to speak much at all.

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