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How to recognise dyspraxia

New figures show almost 50% of people have never heard of dyspraxia, even though 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.

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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

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