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  • Dyspraxia

    What is dyspraxia?

    Some children despite adequate teaching, a stimulating environment and with a generally normal intellect, have difficulty with movement and specific aspects of learning. Dyspraxia is a difficulty with thinking out, planning and carrying out sensory / motor tasks. The child with dyspraxia may have a combination of several problems in varying degrees.

    These include:

    * poor balance;
    * poor fine and gross motor co-ordination;
    * difficulties with vision;
    * motor planning and perception problems;
    * tactile dysfunction;
    * poor awareness of body position in space;
    * difficulty with reading, writing, speech;
    * poor social skills;
    * emotional and behavioural problems.

    Dyspraxia is also known by other names including 'developmental co-ordination disorder', 'clumsy child syndrome', 'the hidden handicap', 'motor learning problems', minimal brain dysfunction' or 'sensory integrative problems'

    How can dyspraxia be recognised?

    Children with dyspraxia may present with some or all of the following:

    *The pre-school child

    Late rolling, crawling, walking; difficulty with steps, climbing, puzzles; difficulty with eye movements - may move head instead of eyes; difficulty with learning new skills instinctively; slow to develop speech.

    *The older child

    Difficulty dressing, tying shoelaces, using cutlery; poor balance; difficulty with riding a bike, difficulty with PE; poor reading skills, poor handwriting; difficulty with remembering instructions and copying from the blackboard; may have difficulty with speech and the ability to express themselves.

    What do children with dyspraxia need?

    Children with dyspraxia benefit most from one-to-one therapy. They need the support of qualified professionals on a regular basis to help them reach their full potential. Children with dyspraxia need support and understanding in the educational system.

    What do the family of a child with dyspraxia need?

    The challenges presented by living with a child with dyspraxia frequently go unrecognised outside the immediate family unit. In addition to the normal stresses and strains of raising a family in today's society, families of children with dyspraxia cope daily with their child's ongoing frustration at their own limitations. They also cope with the demand and strain of constant teaching. Families must also deal with their child being misunderstood by the general community and in the educational system.

    What families need most is for dyspraxia to be better understood and recognised. With greater awareness, both professionals and the general community could respond to the needs of families in a more supportive way by providing adequate therapy, adequate support in the educational system and practical support to families.
    You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

    ~Ibn Al-Jawzee