Dyspraxia, also known as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), is a life-long neurological condition. This means that people with it will never ‘grow out of it’ and also means in simple terms, their brains work differently from the mass majority of people.
Dyspraxia does not affect a person’s intelligence meaning they are as intellectually capable as anyone else. The condition suffers from a lack of awareness, recognition and research which means people with it can often feel lost and alone.
For the human body to function or for a person to perform any task at all it relies on the brain to receive and transmit messages to and from the rest of the body. The brain is incredibly complex but in the case of a dyspraxic person it is believed that a dyspraxic brain processes information differently.
So what does this mean?
When Dyspraxia was first identified in people it was given the rather unhelpful name of Clumsy Child Syndrome this is because dyspraxia can affect motor and gross co-ordination meaning that people may have issues with performing tasks like:
- Throwing and catching a ball
- Skipping on a skipping rope
- Tying up shoelaces
- Fastening buttons
- Riding a bike
- Holding a pen and handwriting
- May bump into things
- Clumsy movement
- Moving an eye from left-right to scan a room. Dyspraxics often tempted to move their heads
- Poor spatial awareness
Because these symptoms are often the ones picked up on by teachers or parents in school years there is often a tendency for people to only think about the physical co-ordination issues.
THERE’S MORE TO DYSPRAXIA THAN “BEING CLUMSY”….
- Poor short term memory BUT great long-term memory may mean that a dyspraxic may forget a verbal instruction unless it gets written down.
- Poor short term memory means a dyspraxic may forget where the have left something.
- A dyspraxic brain can often be ‘on the go’ which means new distracting thoughts will come into the head meaning it is hard to focus and it is easy to lose track of time.
- Because of the condition a dyspraxic has they can sometimes struggle with low-self esteem, a lack of confidence and be very self-conscious meaning they can sometimes shy away from social situations.
And yes, there are plenty….
- Brilliant long-term memory
- Incredibly creative having had to find ways to do things that they struggled with.
- Extremely empathetic
- Ability to hyper-focus. An ability to block out everything around them and concentrate on one single task.
- Extremely driven.