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It’s time for Dyspraxia Awareness Week, which means the #LaceUpForDCD campaign is starting!
To get the week going, here are a few facts about dyspraxia:
The Medical Stuff
- It’s also known as developmental coordination disorder.
- It can effect gross or fine motor skills, and sometimes both in the same person. It may also effect speech.
- The possibility of physical and neurological problems must be eliminated before dyspraxia can be diagnosed.
- There’s still debate about the specific definition for dyspraxia in the medical community, partly because of lack of information on the neurodiversity and partly because it has had so many names since its discovery.
- It can be caught early, when kids are dramatically delayed in developmental milestones, but most often caught in elementary school.
- Dyspraxia is often associated with premature birth and low birth weight.
- More boys are currently diagnosed with dyspraxia, approximately four boys to every one girl.
- An estimated 6-10% of the population is dyspraxic.
- There is more than likely at least one dyspraxic student in every classroom.
- Although many dyspraxic people may have poor short term memory, they may have an excellent long term memory.
- They tend to be very strategic people.
- Creative thinkers, with the ability to create unique solutions to tricky problems.
There is still a lot of work that needs to go into the research on dyspraxia, but with greater awareness, more research is sure to follow. I hope to see more about the strengths dyspraxia offers in coming years.
In case you’re wondering, there are famous and accomplished people who live with their dyspraxia and may use the strengths it gives to their advantage. Here are a few of them:
- Daniel Radcliff (actor)
- Florence Welch (musician)
- David Bailey (Photographer)
Dyspraxia Awareness Week lasts, as you may have suspected, all week, so please put a little time aside to learn more about dyspraxia.