What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. It affects the planning of what to do and how to do it, and is associated with problems of perception, language and thought.

The term dyspraxia comes from the word praxis, which means 'doing' or 'acting'.

Dyspraxia is thought to affect up to ten per cent of the population, with males four times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families. There may be an overlap with related conditions such as dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders.

People with autism often have difficulties with motor co-ordination and, if they are significantly affected in this way, may also be given a formal diagnosis of dyspraxia.

As with autism, people with dyspraxia may be over- or under-senstive to certain sensory stimuli.

Where can I get more information?

Dyspraxia Foundation
Tel: 01462 454 986 (open 10am-1pm, Monday-Friday)
Website: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

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