Dyspraxia is an often misdiagnosed and mislabeled disorder in the United States, yet experts believe as many as 1 in 10 have the neurological disorder. Apraxia is the speech/language cousin of Dyspraxia.
Autism has been front and center where developmental delays and challenges are concerned, but dyspraxia should not be discounted as these two disorders often co-exist.
Arizona will participate in the International Dypraxia Awareness celebrations on December 14th. There will be an open house at New Way Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1-3pm.
New Way Academy
1300 N. 77th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Not sure what Dyspraxia is?
Signs and Symptoms
- Exhibits poor balance; may appear clumsy; may frequently stumble
- Shows difficulty with motor planning
- Demonstrates inability to coordinate both sides of the body
- Has poor hand-eye coordination
- Exhibits weakness in the ability to organize self and belongings
- Shows possible sensitivity to touchMay be distressed by loud noises or constant noises like the ticking of a clock or someone tapping a pencil
- May break things or choose toys that do not require skilled manipulation
- Has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as coloring between the lines, putting puzzles together; cutting accurately or pasting neatly
- Irritated by scratchy, rough, tight or heavy clothing
- Pre-set students for touch with verbal prompts, “I’m going to touch your right hand.”
- Avoid touching from behind or getting too close and make sure peers are aware of this
- Provide a quiet place, without auditory or visual distractions, for testing, silent reading or work that requires great concentration
- Warn the student when bells will ring or if a fire drill is scheduled
- Whisper when working one to one with the child
- Allow parents to provide earplugs or sterile waxes for noisy events such as assemblies
- Make sure the parent knows about what is observed about the student in the classroom
- Refer student for occupational therapy or sensory integration training
- Be cognizant of light and light sources that may be irritating to child
- Use manipulatives, but make sure they are in students field of vision and don’t force student to touch them