Common dyspraxia symptoms in children

Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects the development of motor skills, coordination and strength. It may be the reason behind your child’s difficulty in doing things as simple as brushing teeth. In some children, dyspraxia may be associated with related problems, such as problems with perception, language and thought. If you are concerned your child may have dyspraxia, look out for these common warning signs and dyspraxia symptoms in children.

Warning signs of dyspraxia

Many children experience lags in development from time to time, which is not necessarily due to dyspraxia. However, when lags in development persist and do not come and go in children, this may be a sign that the child may have dyspraxia. Actually, one of the key warning sign of dyspraxia is consistent lags in normal stages development of a child.

Dyspraxia affects up to 10% of the population in varying degree with at least one child in every classroom being a dyspraxic child. While dyspraxia is not a learning disability (LD), many dyspraxic children require specific treatment just to manage. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice these dyspraxia symptoms in children:

Dyspraxia symptoms very early in childhood

A dyspraxic child may take longer than usual to:

  • - Crawl
  • - Sit
  • - Stand
  • - Walk
  • - Speak
  • - Build vocabulary.

Dyspraxia symptoms in early childhood

A dyspraxic child may later on have apparent problems with:

  • - Concentration and processing thoughts
  • - Classroom activities, such as drawing, colouring and playing jig-saw games
  • - Carrying out subtle movements, such as dressing up, tying shoelaces and doing up zips and buttons on their own
  • - Carrying out playground activities, such as jumping, running, kicking a ball and catching a ball.

Dyspraxia symptoms later on in childhood

Many of the warning signs and dyspraxia symptoms seen in children early on in development do not improve later on in childhood. If they improve, they do so only slightly. As a result, children with dyspraxia later on in childhood:

  • - Have difficulty remembering things
  • - Have difficulty following instructions
  • - Have difficulty in mathematics
  • - Spend too long getting writing done
  • - React to all stimuli equally without automatically filtering out irrelevant stimuli
  • - Respond well to learning on a one-on-one basis, but not so well in a classroom setting where other kids are present.

These warning signs and symptoms are just some of the most common you should look out for. Seek medical attention as soon as you notice the signs for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Remember although dyspraxia is not curable, a child can improve with time if diagnosed early. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the better and faster the child’s improvement will be.

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