What is Developmental Dyspraxia?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 28, 2011

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  • Developmental dyspraxia is a disorder that affects development.
  • According to WHO, the disorder affects up to 5 percent of children.
  • The treatment of the disorder is symptomatic and supportive.
  • Developmental dyspraxia is a life-long condition.

Developmental dyspraxia is a disorder characterized by impairment in the ability to plan and carry out sensory and motor tasks. In simple terms, it is a disorder that affects development, including movement and thought co-ordination.


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The condition is more likely to affect children and men than women. According to the World Health Organization, developmental dyspraxia affects up to five percent of children. Those with the condition may also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Asperger syndrome or a learning disability.



Those with the disorder have difficulties with intellectual development, emotional development, physical abilities, vision problems, poor posture, and poor short-term memory, speech and pronunciation problems, language skills issues and social development skills. However, the symptoms can vary and may not consist all.



The treatment of the disorder is symptomatic and supportive. The treatment may include occupational and speech therapy, and "cueing" or other forms of communication such as using pictures and hand gestures. Many children with the disorder require special education.

Developmental dyspraxia is a life-long condition. However, medical care can improve speech and language problems patients face.



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