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What is DCD/Dyspraxia?

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a complex neurological condition, impacting upon motor coordination skills, present from early years into adulthood. The term dyspraxia is also commonly used in the UK.


Dyspraxia (or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder) is a complex neurological condition, which affects muscle co-ordination and perception. 


Perception includes vision, hearing and proprioception, or the awareness of where your limbs are in space. There may be developmental delays in some areas but heightened sensitivities or abilities in others. Dyspraxia exists as a condition on its own but is often found together with hyper mobile joints, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADHD or Asperger’s Syndrome. This is why a diagnosis at an early age is important.


The BMA Family Doctor Book “Understanding ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia” advises GPs to refer people with Dyspraxia to an Occupational Therapist, who will take a medical and social history, and use a variety of Standardised Tests including motor skills, handwriting, visual-motor co-ordination and sensory processing.


Once a diagnostic report of Dyspraxia and recommendations for ‘reasonable adjustments’ have been made (Equality Act 2010) this will help a child or adult in school, college or the work place to achieve their full potential.


The secondary effects of undiagnosed Dyspraxia in children and adults may include: temper tantrums, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, addiction, frequent job changes or long term unemployment.


Dyspraxia UK was set up to help children, young people and adults by providing a detailed diagnosis and practical strategies to get people successfully through their studies and into work.  We have specially trained Consultant Occupational Therapists in most parts of the UK.

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