What Is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a coordination disorder that affects individual’s motor skills. This has an impact on their sensory skills,spatial awareness, balance as well as their physical posture as well as and their hand eye-coordination. This makes those people with dyspraxia prone to being described as ‘clumsy’.

Over 50% of those with dyspraxia also have ADHD (known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and although some of the symptoms can be confused with Dyslexia (due to similar reading and writing difficulties), Dyspraxia is thought to have aspects of Autistic Spectral Disorders. (A group of conditions clinically described by the traits of social and communication difficulties, stereotypical or repetitive behavior, physical and neuro-processing challenges).

  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • David Bailey
  • Albert Einstein
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Robin Williams
  • Marco Pierre White
  • Orlando Bloom
  • George Orwell
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Emily Bronte

Dyspraxia can also affect people from all over the world and every ethnicity; and many people described as dyslexic often been misclassified and have dyspraxia or both conditions.

Apart from the visual symptoms that manifest themselves similar to dyslexia, dyspraxic’s tend to have difficulties with their short term memory, are often light sensitive, may have a poor sense of direction (even telling between right and left) and some dyspraxic’s are very prone to physical and mental fatigue very quickly and have difficulty with space, managing times and dates.

However, with early correct diagnosis, patience, understanding and support, using self-help techniques and a holistic approach, alleviating visual stress and neuro-cognitive and other exercises, many individuals with dyspraxia can also go on to be exceptionally successful people in every field and in all walks of life too as the list above also shows.