What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), is an impairment in the ability of an individual's organisation of movement and motor co-ordination. It is typically displayed as clumsiness and can significantly impact on a person's everyday life.

Generally, individuals with this disorder appear 'out of sync' with their environment because of their poor spatial skills. This condition also affects the ability to process information in the brain, particularly related with visual processing speed, and short-term auditory memory (or working memory). It is recognised as a specific learning difficulty.

Acquired Dyspraxia (Apraxia) is the partial loss of the ability to co-ordinate and perform certain purposeful movements and gestures, in the absence of motor or sensory impairments. It occurs in individuals who have developed motor co-ordination skills in line with normal parameters and expectations. The integrity of primary motor function is maintained, but people are unable to perform certain action sequences under particular conditions. It may occur as the result of brain damage suffered from a stroke, head injury, or a neurological condition.

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