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Hidden disability: How to spot the signs of dyspraxia in a child – Irish Examiner

Wednesday, 23 February, 2022

Hidden disability: How to spot the signs of dyspraxia in a child – Irish Examiner

Dyspraxia can affect gross motor coordination. Picture: Alamy/PA

 
Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder (DCD) affecting physical coordination in around 5% of children, compared with the 1-2% of children who have an autism spectrum disorder, and 3-5% of children with ADHD.
But although dyspraxia is quite common, and famous faces like Daniel Radcliffe and Cara Delevingne have spoken about having the condition, people don’t generally know much about it. This could be because it’s a hidden disability – it doesn’t have any obvious physical indications, but it still affects the way children and adults function and participate in everyday life.
The Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK says the condition can affect gross motor coordination – including large body movements such as balance and posture – and fine motor skills, allowing us to grip and handle objects like pencils and cutlery. It can also impact speech and executive functions such as memory, attention, time management and organisational skills.
Read more at: https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandwellbeing/arid-40810359.html

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