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Dyspraxia

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Dyspraxia

Short Definition:

Dyspraxia is a Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination (fine and gross motor skills, that is arm, leg movement and picking items up (fine) . It causes a you to perform less well than expected in daily activities for your age, and you appear to move clumsily.

You may have:

  • poor balance/a bit wobbly
  • poor posture/find it hard to sit still
  • tiredness
  • clumsiness/dropping things/bumping into things
  • differences in speech.
  • perception problems/problems with the ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses.
  • poor hand-eye coordination

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Ms Hooton’s Useful Tips:

Clothing:

  • Lay out clothing layer by layer, underwear on top

  • Avoid tight neck-holes

  • Buy trousers with elasticated waist – saves fiddling with buttons and zips

  • Trousers pleated at the front makes identifying ‘the right way round’ easier

  • Shirt collars one size larger than fits are easier to fasten

  • Baggy t-shirts and shorts are easy and comfy

Eating:

  • Use a flexible straw with a drink to prevent spilling

  • Don’t fill cups too full

  • Use a damp towel under plates to stop them moving

  • Sit down to eat where possible

Getting organised:

  • Keep to a daily routine

  • Post-It® pads stuck at eye level on doors are useful reminders

  • Transparent purses and pencil cases let you see the contents easily

  • Keep keys and purses on a long chain which clips to clothing

Useful Links & Further Resources:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/developmental-coordination-disorder-dyspraxia/

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