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"I'm in good company with Einstein" - North East MP on living with Dyspraxia

On tonight's edition of Around The House, South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck tells Helen Ford why she decided to speak up about having dyspraxia, and how the condition affects daily life at Westminster:

You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight (Thursday 12 December) at 11.40pm on ITV.

Dyspraxia Foundation Helpline: 01462 454986 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

Family hopes to spread word about rare condition

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.

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How to recognise a child with Dyspraxia

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.

The 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

SCHOOL AGE

  • 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