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Dyspraxia Explained

What is it?

A child with dyspraxia can present with a wide spectrum of difficulties. The term is, however, used to describe co-ordination difficulties with evidence of significant perceptual problems in the majority of cases. Caution should be taken when using the term as it may eventually be loosely applied to every child who shows a little forgetfulness, disorganisation and clumsiness in their daily routines. Children develop at different rates and this should always be taken into consideration when looking at individual cases.

The term dyspraxia is taken from the Greek word duspraxia. Duspraxia is formed of dus(or dys) and praxia(or praxis which is taken from an older Greek word prassein).Praxis is to practice an act or a  function, pass through, experience; therefore “to act”. Dys means impaired, ill or abnormal, so the literal meaning of dyspraxia is ill-doing or abnormal act.

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