What Is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia, in a condensed definition, relates to problems associated with the thought processing, planning and performing sensory / motor tasks. There are children, who although taught in a motivational environment and generally possessing a normal level of intellect, experience trouble in moving and particular facets in the learning process.
Recognising of dyspraxia
There is a combination of disorders in varying degrees related to a child that could have dyspraxia, as follow:-
- Difficulty in balancing synchronisation
- Reduced motor
- A poor posture
- Problems when playing with a ball
- Limited awareness of body position when in the open
- Inadequate directional capacity
- Trouble with normal play activities
- Sensitivity when touched
- Confusion regarding hand selection
- Displaying aggravation in grooming processes
- Slowness in dressing and self-feeding abilities
- Discomfort when wearing some types of clothing
- Problems experienced in reading and writing
- Speech difficulties – with learning and speaking incoherently
- Phobia or fixated actions and impulsiveness
Dyspraxia can affect children of normal or over the comparable level of intelligence, though frequently they act in an immature manner. Although attempts are made to conform to socially accepted behaviour at school, they have displays of temper when at home. They also have difficulty in logical understanding and reasoning
It is not a certainty, that all children suffering from dyspraxia, experience all these problems. Various parents may surmise their children experience some of these disorders. However, should your child suffer from dyspraxia, confirmed or not, some of these challenges may have been seen.
Although there is not a remedy for dyspraxia, it has been determined that the sooner a child is treated, more likely is the chance of their getting better. Help is available from a variety of professionals and at school. They all contribute to helping a child deal with dyspraxia, and in overcoming the many difficulties. Many of the usually established abilities in children will not become natural to these children and will require teaching.
Dyspraxia is recognised in various ways, which include:-
- Maturity and growth and synchronisation
- Awkwardness in actions
- It is regarded as sometimes being concealed
- Reduced learning abilities
- Nominal dysfunctional brain activity
- Sensor assimilating challenges
Pre-school children and dyspraxia
There are various indications to alert parents of Dyspraxia potential:-
- History of delays in reaching development milestones normally associated with children’s development, including speech
- Are possibly unable to perform usual physical activities
- They appear to be unable to learn instinctively and need skills to be taught
- Limited ability in dressing
- A slowness and hesitancy in general performance
- Poor gripping of a pencil
- Cannot master puzzle type games
- Any art attempts show immaturity
- They cannot comprehend differences directional positions and placements
- Problems with ball games
School-aged children and dyspraxia
Various indicators could include:-
- Problems experienced in the last grade could exist, without showing improvement
- The avoidance of Physical Education
- Poor performance by the child in a classroom, but a significant improvement on a person to person basis
- Concentration is lacking and poor and the child could react to stimulation without discernment
- The child may have problems with mathematics and copying material
- Their writing is laboured and displays immaturity
- Cannot recall or follow instructions
- Organisation is usually lacking
- Usually worried and unfocused
- They experience difficulties in keeping friends and cannot determine how to act with others
The needs of a child with dyspraxia and their family
It has been determined that a child with dyspraxia is advantaged most by person to person interaction. Qualified professionals are required regularly, to provide the help needed, for them to fully develop their capabilities. This is added to by the need for them to be supported and understood by authorities.
Frequently, the challenges of catering for children suffering from dyspraxia are unobserved by anyone other than the family unit. This is aggravated by the normal stress associated with raising a family in the society of today. The families of children with dyspraxia deal daily with dissatisfaction in their child, primarily caused by a sense of their own limited abilities. A family must also learn how to manage the tension imposed by constant teaching. This is compounded by their child not being understood by outsiders or related education authorities.
Most needed by families, is a greater awareness of dyspraxia from professionals generally. This would be by providing sufficient therapeutic help and support from the various authorities for families.
The future and reality related to dyspraxia is that it is not curable. However, prognosis provides some hope, in that the child will improve in certain areas when growing into maturity. Help is available with therapy to beat the various continuing problems, which could confront them.
The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland Support Group
It was founded in 1995 and is committed to:
- Gain attention for dyspraxia and its inherent problems
- The provision of sufficient support, including various therapy and education
- Give information and a share network for parents
- Better services for diagnosis
- Arrange meetings for those concerned
- Offer communication facilities between concerned parties
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