Defining Dyspraxia

30 October 2015

Dyspraxia affects many children and can be devastating to parents and families to see throughout a child’s development. It holds children back, especially in an academic setting, and without intervention, can lead to lowered self esteem, poor academic grades, poor social skills and some mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Occupational therapy and psychology-based therapies can assist a child that has symptoms of dyspraxia. Strategies can be implemented to help the child and family overcome these barriers to success. Dyspraxia has no impact on a child’s intelligence or intellectual ability.

Dyspraxia can go unnoticed and un-diagnosed in a child that is simply ‘clumsy’ or ‘uncoordinated’ or ‘not academic’. But this is not the case, and overlooking Dyspraxia will not help it to resolve itself. Intervention from a registered occupational therapist and/or psychologist or counselor can assist in the process of helping your child overcome Dyspraxia and be the best they can be.

Look over the infographic below to see if your child may have signs of dyspraxia.


Written by

Aimee York

Aimee York is the Director and Principal OT of KinderCloud. She is experienced in the assessment and intervention of children and adolescents. In particular, Aimee has a special interest area of working with children and adolescents who experience difficulties with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delays, attention and behavioural difficulties, social skills, functional skills (including toileting and feeding), School Readiness and pre-school academic skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and sensory processing.

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