Dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is one of the most common disorders of childhood affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.
In addition to poor motor coordination, many individuals may also experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing along with poor planning, organisation and sequencing skills which can have a significant negative impact on everyday activities.
Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech (Dyspraxia Foundation, 2015).
To diagnose DCD/Dyspraxia:
A physiotherapist can assess the motor skills component and identify any signs and symptoms associated with the condition however a Paediatrician must also be consulted to ensure that any motor difficulties identified are not due to another condition.
The physiotherapist can treat any motor difficulties found without the need for a formal diagnosis.