Dyspraxia Awareness Week: What You Need To Know

Dyspraxia Awareness Week : What You Should Know
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It’s Dyspraxia Awareness week and with my son being newly diagnosed, I am making it a personal goal to both educate and advocate for those who have Dyspraxia.

Dyspraxia is a Developmental Coordination Disorder that can affect one’s gross motor skills, motor planning, and coordination. There is a lot of grey area when it comes to a true diagnosis of this condition due to the fact that it often mimics other disorders.

This Diagnosis is also usually accompanied by other disorders ranging from ADHD, Sensory Processing, Autism, and Anxiety just to name a few.

Come learn with me this week about Dyspraxia and what all that has entailed for my family personally.

Dyspraxia

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  • Dyspraxia is a Developmental Coordination Disorder that can affect one’s gross motor skills, motor planning, and coordination.
  • Boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls.
  • The majority of those diagnosed with Dyspraxia are diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12. Under the age of 5 is usually diagnosed when a child has other significant delays.
Dyspraxia Chart

Dyspraxia may affect any or all areas of development – physical, intellectual, emotional, social, language, and sensory – and may impair the normal process of learning, thus is a learning difficulty. It is not a unitary disorder (like measles or chicken pox, where all those affected share a common set of symptoms), and affects each person in different ways at different ages and stages of development, and to different degrees. It is inconsistent, in that it may affect the child one day but not the next – as if sometimes information is ‘put away in the wrong drawer’ – and it may affect children in different ways at different ages and developmental stages.

Dyspraxia Foundation

About 5 months ago my son received a diagnosis of Dyspraxia. A diagnosis I was both thankful and intimidated to hear. Thankful because there was finally an answer to the delays my child was having. Motor planning, body awareness, coordination, processing delay, and several other issues finally had a reason. I also found myself intimidated by the diagnosis. There was no true prognosis per se on how far we could help him improve. Every case is different. I finally had an answer which helped me come up with solutions to help him.

If you have been following my story before in, Autism: What I Wish I knew Then, we had already received the Autism diagnosis. I had accepted the diagnosis but never fully felt like it answered the issues his therapists and I worked countless hours on to help improve. Autism was just a loose diagnosis of the Developmental Delay he was facing. Autism didn’t give me peace of mind because there was still so much that was unexplained. He was the oddball case. Dyspraxia, however, would be a huge game-changer for us. Check Beauty Brite tomorrow (10/07/19) to find out why.

An extremely valuable resource when determining the signs and symptoms associated with each age group can be found HERE.

Do you or anyone you know have Dyspraxia?

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