Dyspraxia

The difficulties faced

Main areas of difficulty & activities they regularly affect:

  • Fine Motor Skills – writing, typing or keying numbers on the phone. Using cutlery or tools & using cash or ticket machines.
  • Gross Motor Skills - balance, posture or a tendency to trip over & bump into things. Playing sports or dancing.
  • Organisational Skills – prioritising, appointments & keeping documents in order
  • Perceptual/Spatial Skills – reading maps, graphs or bank statements. Sense of time, speed or distance along with directing oneself in strange or familiar surroundings. Visual stress: print seems to “jump” on the page and white paper to “glare”
  • Memory/Sequencing – taking messages or instructions along with maintaining concentration.
  • Sensitivity – light, touch, noise, taste & smell.
  • Literacy/Numeracy – structuring letters, essays or documents along with filling in forms. Maths & spelling can be affected.
  • Speech – expressing ideas & pronouncing words.
  • Social Skills – interacting with others can be difficult especially groups. Avoiding tactless or impulsive remarks.
  • Emotional Difficulties – stress, loss of confidence, anxiety, frustration, anger & depression may be caused by emotional difficulties.

Recommended Books

  • Living with Dyspraxia: A guide for adults with developmental Dyspraxia – Mary Colley & Jessica Kingsley
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder in Adults – Sharon Drew & Wiley-Blackwell

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