The Dyspraxia Foundation is a country Wide charity, founded in 1987. Today the Foundation, with its head quarters in Hitchin, answers approximately 10,000 enquiries and distributes more then 20,000 leaflets about the condition, annually.
Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. DCD is a lifelong condition, formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke, and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.
For School Age Children:
Talk to your GP, school nurse, school doctor or Special Needs coordinator who can make referrals for assessments. Hospital referral may be required for special tests or treatment. There is useful information in the SEND Guide for Parents and Carers
Problems experienced in childhood may continue into adulthood. Initial contact should be made with your GP who may refer you to a clinical psychologist, consultant neurologist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
Although dyspraxia is not curable, children with the condition may improve with growing maturity. Symptoms in children and adults can lessen if they are given appropriate treatment and advice on practical actions to minimise the day- to- day difficulties that their dyspraxia can cause.