10:00 pm, Mon 14 Oct 2013
It is a condition that affects one or two children in every class but new figures show almost half of us have never heard of dyspraxia.
It's a learning disability which affects balance and co-ordination - and can lead to very low self esteem.
Awareness is improving in the North East but The Dyspraxia Foundation says more needs to be done to train teachers and parents.
Katie Oakes reports from Gateshead.
6:14 pm, Mon 14 Oct 2013
New figures show almost half of us have never heard of dyspraxia, although it affects one or two children in every class.
It's a learning disability which affects balance and co-ordination, and can lead to very low self esteem.
In the majority of cases, there is no known cause.
Experts say recognising the symptoms as early as possible can be key to alleviating them.
Dyspraxia Foundation outlines the main symptoms, which can be read in full on their website.
PRE-SCHOOL Late in reaching milestones, such as rolling over, sitting, standing and walking
Has difficulty walking up and down stairs
Poor at dressing
Often anxious and easily distracted
Falls over frequently
Slow and hesitant in most actions
Avoids PE and Games
Does badly in class but significantly better on a one-to-one basis
May have trouble with maths and writing structured stories
Experiences great difficulty in copying from the blackboard
Writes laboriously and immaturely
Is generally poorly organised