Dyspraxia – A Hidden Condition
Although Dyspraxia is a common disorder, with an estimated 6-10% of children thought to have the condition, it is still relatively unknown by the general public. Compared to other developmental conditions such as Dyslexia, there is little awareness about Dyspraxia. Because of this, children with Dyspraxia may often be misunderstood, which can be frustrating for the child or their family.
Dyspraxia is not an intellectual disability. However, some of the symptoms of the condition, such as poor organisation, motor skills, and behavioural issues, can make learning more challenging for children with DCD. Teachers and peers, if unaware of the child’s condition, may think of the child as disruptive or impatient.
Dyspraxic children who have issues with gross motor skills like balance and coordination may be seen as being ‘clumsy’ by teachers and peers. In fact, in the past Dyspraxia was incorrectly referred to as ‘Clumsy Child Syndrome’.
Because of the lack of awareness surrounding the condition, children with Dyspraxia may face additional challenges in the classroom. It is important to be aware of this, and it can help to get the supports your child needs to help them develop their day to day skills.
Children with Dyspraxia may not feel accepted at times and may get frustrated with others for not understanding how they are feeling. Speak with your child’s teacher about this, so that they understand your child’s condition, and request supports from the school if necessary. It can help to contact support groups like Dyspraxia Ireland, who do great work in shining a light on this ‘hidden condition’. They provide useful information and resources which you may find helpful. Here at Beats Medical, we hope to provide support also, by helping to enhance gross motor, fine motor, and speech and communication skills through our service.