CNN & TODAY Feature: “Dad says ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ character helped son overcome speech problem”
“For years, Sawyer Dunlap struggled to talk. He developed his own form of sign language, which his parents understood, and often said “bah” to indicate what he wanted. But he fought to form words. Sawyer, now 4, lives with dyspraxia, a neurological condition that causes motor and speech problems.”
On the 19th of Sep Dyspraxia Foundation USA and its team went to DC to speak and educate the Department of Education / Special Education and Programmes to create an awareness campaign and change the needs and supports for the Dyspraxic child in the American School System.
Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder throughout the brain that results in life-long impaired motor, memory, judgment, processing, and other cognitive skills. Dyspraxia also impacts the immune and central nervous systems. Each dyspraxic person has different abilities and weaknesses as dyspraxia often comes with a variety of comorbidities. The most common of these is Developmental Co-ordiantion Disorder (also known as DCD), a motor-planning-based disorder that impacts fine and gross motor development. For insurance reasons, the World Health Organization code for DCD and dyspraxia together is F82 and the DSM code for DCD alone is 315.4.
As far as advice to others, especially to parents raising a child with dyspraxia, she says, "Don't give up. Keep fighting for your child and get help. If a doctor or teacher isn't helpful or listening to you, try and find another doctor/teacher who will listen."
“I was having a hard time at school, in terms of being crap at everything, with no discernible talent.” Radcliffe also suffers from dyspraxia, a developmental disorder affecting motor skills, and he still has trouble tying his shoes. “I sometimes think, why, oh why, has Velcro not taken off?” He says.