Understanding Dyspraxia can be tough if you have never been faced with it before. A person who has Dyspraxia will have the following problems to contend with:
- General movement
- Thought process
- Some cognitive skills
People who have this disorder are referred to as having Motor Learning Difficulties / Motor Skills Disorder as this is precisely what the problem is. If you think that your child might be suffering from this you will notice that he or she struggles with effectively completing fine motor tasks or planning what needs to be done in order for a challenge to be overcome. To explain simply, your child will struggle with things such as brushing teeth or using the correct gestures when greeting and so on.
Some may confuse this disorder with it being a sign of poor intelligence which is an incorrect assumption. It is also important to realise that you can help your child to improve motor-skills and co-ordination through various exercises which are kept fun for your child. It is by keeping things fun and challenging that will encourage your child to become involved and eager to learn and improve.
It is important to also realise that Dyspraxia can be detected in very early childhood. What are the warning signs? Your child will take longer to learn to do the following:
- Crawl and sit
- Stand and walk
- Speak or answer questions
- Build up a useful vocabulary
- Be potty trained
If you miss the early warning signs, you may notice these as your child is a little older:
- Difficulty dressing (doing up buttons, tying shoe laces, working a zipper and so on)
- Lack of concentration
- Use stairs (both up and down)
- Fidgeting or bumping into things
- Using scissors, colouring in, drawing and so on
If you fear your child may have this disorder it is best to speak to the professionals in the field for some advice and guidance. At Winning Wayz (qualified Interactive Metronome practitioners) we have all the information that you require.