Research Behind Dyspraxia

By Bella Vapenik

The NHS, has released new scientific information about dyspraxia lately. Before sites and sources — such as the Dyspraxia Foundation USA — people would not be able to understand and help children, friends and family with his learning disorder.

Even though people are still trying to find more  information about it, understanding  how it affects people, and accurately diagnose people with it can make a huge difference in the lives of people with this learning disability.

The wealth of information provided by organizations —  including the Dyspraxia Foundation,  have become vital learning tools. These tools can help anybody who has or knows someone with this learning disorder.

According to the Dyspraxiafoundation.org, Dyspraxia, is a form of developmental coordination disorder also known as (DCD). It is a common disorder affecting fine and gross motor coordination in children and adults, it can also affects speech.

DCD is a lifelong condition. An individual’s coordination difficulties may not fully  participate  and have trouble with everyday life skills, learning and employment.

Children may present with difficulties performing  self-care, writing, typing, riding a bike — as well as other activities. In adulthood many of these difficulties continue, suchl as learning new skills at home, continuing education and work. Everyday tasks like driving a car and home maintenance are also a struggle.

Other problems include social and emotional difficulties as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organization. These may also affect an adult’s daily life experiences. Many people with DCD also experience difficulty with memory, perception and processing.

Although the exact causes of dyspraxia are unknown, it is thought to be caused by a disruption in the way messages from the brain are transmitted to the body.

According to the medicalnewtoday.com, a person with dyspraxia deals with problems that impair movement, coordination, judgment, processing, memory, and other cognitive skills.

Dyspraxia also affects the body’s immune and nervous systems. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, individuals with dyspraxia have difficulty in planning and completing fine and gross motor tasks. This can range from simple motor movements, such as waving goodbye, to more complex ones like sequencing steps to brush one’s teeth.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) describes people with dyspraxia as being “out of sync” with their environment. According to the National Health Service, United Kingdom, many children with dyspraxia also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These are just some of the things that happen and things to know about people with dyspraxia.

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