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Warning Signs in Grade School or Middle SchoolTries to avoid sports or gym classTakes a long time to write, due to difficulty gripping pencil and forming lettersHas trouble moving objects from one place to another, such as pieces on a game boardStruggles with games and activities that require hand-eye coordinationHas trouble following instructions and remembering themFinds it difficult to stand for a long time as a result of weak muscle tone

Warning Signs in a ToddlerIs a messy eater, preferring to eat with fingers rather than a fork or spoonIs unable to ride a tricycle or play ballIs delayed at becoming toilet trainedAvoids playing with construction toys and puzzlesDoesn’t talk as well as kids the same age and might not say single words until age 3

What skills are affected??

Dyspraxia goes by many names: developmental coordination disorder(DCD), motor learning difficulty, motor planning difficulty and apraxia of speech. It can affect the development of gross motor skills like walking or jumping. It can also affect fine motor skills. These include things like the hand movements needed to write clearly and the mouth and tongue movements needed to pronounce words correctly.


Kids with dyspraxia may struggle with different aspects of speech. They can have trouble pronouncing words or expressing their ideas. They may also have trouble adjusting the pitch and volume of their voice. As a result, making friends and being social can be much harder.

Emotional/behavorial skills


make it hard to master everyday tasks needed for independence. In elementary school, kids still may need help buttoning a shirt or brushing their teeth. As teens, they could have trouble learning to drive a car or fry an egg.

Children with dyspraxia may behave immaturely. They may easily become overwhelmed in group settings. This can create problems with making friends, and kids can become anxious about socializing with others, especially as they get older. Their difficulties with sports may also affect their self-esteem and social abilities.

Academics: Kids with dyspraxia often have difficulty writing quickly. This can create a number of classroom challenges, such as trouble taking notes and finishing tests. Children who have speech difficulties also may have difficulty with reading and spelling..

High School


Middle School


Researchers don’t know what causes dyspraxia. Many believe that genetics could play a role. Some scientists suspect dyspraxia may be caused by a problem with the nerve cells that send signals from the brain to muscles.

Children who had difficulties with motor tasks including either large movements or small movements. These can range from walking and balance problems to difficulty with picking up a pencil.

Warning Signs in High SchoolHas trouble with sports that involve jumping and cyclingTends to fall and trip; bumps into things and peopleMay talk continuously and repeat thingsMay forget and lose thingsHas trouble picking up on nonverbal signals from others


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