What is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a learning disability in the area of motor skill development. There are three main types of dyspraxia: oral, verbal and motor. A person can have one, two or all the three types of dyspraxia. Dyspraxia affects daily functioning in many ways. For example, drooling, poor speech articulation, poor handwriting, frequent falls, difficulty with fastening buttons and using scissors.
Signs of Verbal Dyspraxia
- Delay in using spoken language
- Spoken language is difficult to understand
- High tendency to simplify words by removing the second part of words (e.g. “bot” for “bottle”)
- Search for movements of the tongue and lips as he/she is trying to find the right position to make a sound
- Use of gestures to a large extent to aid his/her communication skills
Signs of Motor Dyspraxia
- Difficulty learning new motor skills
- Difficulty balancing and poorly coordinated walking, hopping, skipping, throwing and catching ball or riding a bicycle
- Difficulty doing fine-motor tasks
- High tendency to bump into, fall over or drop objects
- Poor sense of direction
- Poor pencil grip which often results in illegible handwriting
Diagnosis and Treatment
Detecting Dyspraxia early is vital as it can affect many areas of functioning. The good news is, with timely diagnosis and interventions, treatment for Dyspraxia has been proven to be effective. Our child developmental specialists will together with the child and family to provide occupational, speech and physiotherapy.
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