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Dyspraxia/DCD (Developmental Coordination difficulties)

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) is a medically diagnosed condition for someone with specific co-ordination problems. The term dyspraxia has been superseded by the term DCD but it is still used by GPs. DCD affects around 5% of school-aged children and young people.  It has a varying but significant impact throughout an individual’s lifespan and can affect social relationships and have medical and psychological consequences. A child or young person with DCD/dyspraxia may (in addition to those shared characteristics common to many SpLDs) exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:

•    An impairment or immaturity in the organisation of movement, often appearing clumsy.

•    Difficulty in learning, retaining and generalising gross motor skills (related to balance and co-ordination) and fine motor skills (relating to manipulation of objects).

•    Find writing is particularly laborious.

•    Difficulty acquiring keyboard skills.

•    Difficulty organising ideas and concepts.

•    Difficulty with pronunciation.

•    Over / under sensitive to noise, light and touch.

•    Poor awareness of body position.

•     Misread social cues.