LD3 – Dyspraxia

15 04 2007

spilled mikDyspraxia is again a very common learning disorder.

One can think of dyspraxia as being in a disordered state of mind. Disorganisation can become the hallmark of a child’s life. Common tasks cause confusion. There is no plan put into action to complete a job. Indeed, dyspraxia is more than a learning disorder, it is a life disorder!

For students, the common signs are messy workplaces, things going ‘missing’ very often and when a series of actions are called for an inability to repeat a sequence of actions in the same way. Simple everyday activities like brushing one’s teeth can prove problematic. If you think about it, what many of us do almost without a second thought actually involves a number of separate steps. We find and pick up a toothbrush, then find and open a tube of toothpaste, then put just the right amount of paste onto the bristles of the brush, cap the paste and put it back in its proper place. We then brush our teeth and usually that too in some sort of ordered sequence to ensure that each tooth has been cleaned, front and back. Then wash the paste out of our mouth, find a towel and dry up. The brush has to be washed and brush and towel returned to where they should be.

The student with dyspraxia will often have forgotten books, pen, diary etc. Typically the disorganisation will be visible on the work surface. Things will be scattered around. Something once used will not be put back from where it was taken. Activities like searching or finding will often end in failure.

I think you can see the devastating effects that dyspraxia can have on a chid’s life, self-esteem and personality development.  Typically, such children will be thought of as  ‘unable to do the simplest thing properly’. Without intending to, they will be considered naughty, stubborn, lazy, messy, unreliable, careless, forgetful and a lot of other unfavourable things.

Dyspraxia can be very frustrating for parents to deal with for it is not limited to school or study but will affect every area of a child’s life.messy desk toon

Dyspraxia again is a developmental disorder and one that can occur alone or along with dyslexia, dysgraphia and/or ADHD. Dyspraxia can and should be treated!

Most chidren will show improvement with therapy. For a few kids, some degree of difficulty will be with them throughout their lives. Many will be able to compensate for their disorder to such an extent that it may become unnoticeable.

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3 responses

2 09 2008
planetcooper

It’s so difficult to get recognised. As an adult I have come to know that I suffer from dyspraxia and it’s clear to me now that there are often families of us. my two sons are dyslexic and the second one is like me aswell. He’s unlucky, can’t figure out how to write a word and completely dissorganised. Lucky for me I am academic. Growing up though, my family made a joke of my lack of co-ordination and so I joined in, making people laugh about the things I did. I recently took a counselling course at uni and realised i don’t want to laugh at myself. i went for a test for dyslexia and they found that I was ‘not dyslexic I just don’t want to take responsibility for my actions’ (at 50). When I wrote a long essay, i could manage but it became too unwieldy in my head. As it was about myself I included that I have always had difficulty organising, and it came back with the comment that I was afraid of my own power and I could have rewritten it. But that’s just the point for me, rewriting never makes it any better. So no recognition there and the spell check doesn’t know the word either.

5 09 2008
ponnvandu

I agree, planetcooper, and you will be surprised to know how often one sees the developmentally challenged (especially when their IQ is better than average)child clown around and get folks laughing. It’s a great way to distract people.

The other point that you bring up is also so true, that labels are very often misleading. No one is ever “typically” this or that. The typical example in fact rarely exists…

5 02 2011
Rahul Bhaskar

Hey I am Rahul from Bangalore. I know i have minor dyspraxia, the kind that normally people ignore. It’s been giving me problems all my life. Do you know any psychiatrist or therapists in Bangalore or India. I would be gladful for your reply.

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