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  • Developmental Coordination Disorder and Dyspraxia

    What is Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)?

    Developmental Coordination Disorder (or DCD) affects around 6-8% of children and is characterised by atypical brain development affecting the connections between different parts of the brain. This in turn impacts a child’s ability to effectively learn new skills and coordination. Both gross and fine motor skills are affected by DCD including posture, balance, basic motor patterns and motions that require skilled action such as sports, ball skills, writing and drawing. It is thought that an early or stressful birth and a low birth weight may be contributing factors to Developmental Coordination Disorder.

    What is Dyspraxia?

    Children who experience difficulties with coordination, such as Developmental Coordination Disorder, are occasionally given a 'diagnosis' of dyspraxia. Unlike DCD though, there is no formal method of diagnosis of dyspraxia since it covers such a broad range of problems. In addition to coordination problems, symptoms of dyspraxia may also include difficulties with:

    Since dyspraxia has such a broad range of symptoms, it is best not to focus on a ‘diagnosis’ of dyspraxia in children. Instead, the base Developmental Coordination Disorder should be assessed and treated separately from any additional developmental difficulties such as anxiety and memory problems. This is to ensure the difficulties a child may be experiencing can be seen clearly and to allow for the best possible treatment.

    Does my child have a coordination problem?

    Children who have coordination problems, such as Developmental Coordination Disorder, may experience delayed developmental milestones such as crawling and walking, difficulties with hand-eye coordination, balance problems, poor spatial awareness, may bump into things more often than is expected, have difficulty drawing, writing, catching/throwing objects and will often find learning new skills challenging.

    How does Learning Connections help with coordination problems?

    Coordination problems in many children are often due to neurological immaturities, spatial issues and poor body awareness. Learning Connections performs an extensive assessment of your child in a friendly, one-on-one setting to determine the underlying causes of their coordination problems and any other difficulties they may be having. Once we have identified the particular developmental immaturities your child is experiencing, we then provide you with a customised, home-based program that is unique to your child. The program is specifically designed to strengthen the areas your child has most difficulty with and includes not only activities, but also dietary advice.

    You are free to contact us with any questions you have about implementation of the program and we will check back and monitor your child’s progress approximately two months from our initial consultation

    If you would like more information about how we can help your child with coordination difficulties or any other problems they may be having, please call or email us.

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