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Dyspraxia – Treatment?

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There is no cure for dyspraxia but over time and with proper management options. There are therapies that help with improving motor skills that are specifically needed for everyday activities. For some children, occupational therapists assist with sensory perception skills to help with fine tuning difficult activities like walking or running in a straight line. Aids such as weighted balls or spring loaded scissors are often used to help. It is encouraged that children are consciously engaging in active play to develop control of motor skills.

A speech pathologist may assign specific exercises that involve producing different consonants, vowels, words and sentences of various lengths and complexities.

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Support groups:

Australian Dyspraxia Support Group and Resource Centre

The Communication Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic

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Dyspraxia – Explained

Dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder) is a condition where a person experiences impairment in movement. In specific, their movement impairment is characterised by poor timing, poor balance, difficulty combining movements into a controlled sequence and poor spatial awareness. Due to this, performing movements can be difficult:

  • Fine motor control (using a knife and fork, fastening a button or handwriting)
  • Gross motor control (e.g., running)
  • Speaking
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Sequencing and coordinating movements

They may also experience language and learning difficulties as well as problems with perception and thought. This typically results in difficulty remembering instructions, difficulty organizing one’s time and remembering deadlines, increased propensity to lose things or problems carrying out tasks which require remembering several steps in sequence (such as cooking).

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