It’s the same as dyslexia! WRONG! And it’s quite an easy assumption to make I feel.
Dyspraxia and dyslexia may have some of the same letters (the dys and xia), however, they are two specific learning difficulties that differ in how they present themselves. As dyspraxia has not had that same kind of recognition as dyslexia, the two are often confused and I’m going to hopefully give you a clearer understanding of dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia is also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and no two people are the same with how their difficulties present. There are 6 main categories which these difficulties can fall under. These are: Organisation, Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Concentration, Communication and Classroom Difficulties.
It is a complex condition… There’s no doubt about that but hopefully I can go some way into helping you understand dyspraxia further by giving you a few examples of what sort of difficulties a dyspraxic person could have.
Starting off with organisation then. How relevant you may be thinking, seen as I’m writing a blog where I have to organise each and every paragraph so that if a miracle does happen… It actually makes sense.
So organisation can be very difficult for a dyspraxic person if you hadn’t already established that. Whether it’s with organising your school bag so all your work isn’t screwed up at the bottom or organising your room so that you know where things are, this can be a challenge as maybe you actually aren’t conscious of how untidy your school bag may be getting or perhaps the fact that you can’t find your clothes as they are all muddled up in different drawers and not all grouped together, for example trousers being in one drawer and t-shirts being in another drawer.
Now I’ll run through what gross motor skills are all about. Thankfully this is a blog, so I won’t actually be running into anybody… Bonus. So, gross motor skills could be seen in younger children. Maybe if your child is say 20 months old or so and hasn’t quite developed their ability to walk yet, this could be a sign of dyspraxia.
For me, I have a tendency to be flat footed so sometimes my posture isn’t great but that will never stop my determination to keep trying new exercises at the gym.
Fine motor skills are more to do with the smaller movements for example, cutting with a knife and fork. Someone like myself could tear with their fork instead of cutting with their knife, which could be the difference in a meal taking 15 minutes to eat and 45 minutes to eat.
The bottom line of it is though… There is no rush. Whether it takes a few more years for someone with dyspraxia to be able to tie their laces or feel confident with cooking a meal. There is always a way. And we have the time to find a way which works best for us. I call it… The dyspraxic way!!!