How Dyspraxia Affects Learning

Dyspraxia is a disorder associated with the area of motor skill development. Dyspraxia is a life-long condition that occurs in about two percent of the general population. About 70 percent of dyspraxia sufferers are male. It is very possible that those with this disorder will learn to succeed and function independently. But it is important…

Dyspraxia is more than just clumsy child syndrome

Compared to other specific learning difficulties, major research into dyspraxia – or developmental coordination disorder (DCD) as it is more formally known – has only begun fairly recently. DCD is the term used to diagnose children who have motor skills substantially below what is expected for their age. They are not lazy, clumsy or unintelligent…

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

Most of us learn to tie our shoelaces, eat with cutlery and use a pencil with relative ease. But for children with dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder or DCD), these tasks are incredibly difficult to master. Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it affects brain function and unfolds as the person grows. It is…

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

Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it affects brain function and unfolds as the person grows. somsak nitimongkolchai/Shutterstock Email Twitter20 Facebook621 LinkedIn6 Print Most of us learn to tie our shoelaces, eat with cutlery and use a pencil with relative ease. But for children with dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder or DCD), these…

When fear of falling stops you running

Grit Doctor: Small steps will be necessary, if the problem is really a confidence issue Hold her hand if and when necessary. Ask her, ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ Q: I am trying to convince a good friend about the benefits of running. She has weight issues and confidence issues and is generally pretty…

Teacher’s bookshelf: Early years playgrounds

specific learning difficulties is a delay in the connections between the neural pathways. Constant reinforcement of activities to stimulate these neural pathways is essential if a learner with special education needs or specific learning difficulties is to achieve his or her potential. The brain reacts to the environment as it learns from experience. A stimulating…

Dyspraxia can be serious – it deserves more recognition

magine you’re a healthy adult with a good university degree but struggle to pour a drink without spilling it, direct people across a building, or remember what you’ve just been told clearly. This is a typical picture of someone with dyspraxia. Dyspraxia, or developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), affects co-ordination, spatial awareness and sensory perception. It’s…

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

Most of us learn to tie our shoelaces, eat with cutlery and use a pencil with relative ease. But for children with dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder or DCD), these tasks are incredibly difficult to master. Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it affects brain function and unfolds as the person grows. It…

Dyspraxia: When the brain takes the ‘scenic route’

A teacher sweeps into the classroom, tells the pupils to take out a certain textbook, turn to page 25 and start writing out answers to question three and then question six, which is over the page . . . It’s the kind of scenario that plays out in secondary schools every day all over the…