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…

Why I get mistaken for being drunk

Sex and relationships for disabled people can give rise to unspoken questions and sensitivities – often among the able bodied. But amid the awkwardness there is humour. The following is an edited version of a monologue by Ruby MacKellar, who has dyspraxia. Everybody had already taken all the good disabilities, so I got left with…

This is how a dyspraxia diagnosis changed my life

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt stupid. It’s quite difficult for me to admit this out loud, but it’s a feeling that has been there since I was about 11. I have dyspraxia. In very simple terms, this means there are lots of things I struggle with. Really basic things, that…

Checklist: Signs of Dyspraxia at Different Ages

When most people think about dyspraxia, they think about struggles with fine and gross motor skills. But dyspraxia can also affect communication, organization and other life skills. This checklist can help you get a sense of whether your child might be showing signs of dyspraxia. Keep in mind that many young kids are still developing…

Being an Adult with Dyspraxia

I’ve always been clumsy. As a child, I had poor muscle control and was much slower than the other children. During games, I did my best to avoid the ball instead of catching or kicking it, to the annoyance of my friends. As an adult, I’m still clumsy and have trouble making my way in…

Daniel Radcliffe: breaking dyspraxia’s spell

As actor Daniel Radcliffe reveals he has the disorder, new research shows how the condition can affect adults, says Fiona Macdonald-Smith Not being able to tie his own shoelaces probably doesn’t bother actor Daniel Radcliffe that much. Now worth an estimated £17 million, the Harry Potter star won’t have to worry too much about his…