Dyspraxia, also called developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to plan and process motor tasks that involve coordination. This can vary from simple motor tasks such as waving goodbye to more complex tasks like brushing teeth. Individuals with dyspraxia tend to have issues with language and at times, also with thought and perception.

DCD often causes the child to perform less than expected in daily activities for their age. Moreover, developmental milestones such as crawling, walking, and dressing may be delayed in young children.

A child may have simple problems like using a knife and fork, fastening buttons, opening jars and packets etc.

Warning Signs of Dyspraxia

  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Limited response to verbal instruction. Maybe slow to respond and have problems with comprehension
  • May constantly bump into objects and fall over
  • Lack of imaginative and creative play
  • Hand flapping or clapping when excited