Dyspraxia Facts

We have an enormous task on hand: Millions of Americans have Dyspraxia and yet little is known about this disorder. The goal of the Foundation is to serve as a lifeline for people and families affected by Dyspraxia, and to also serve as an educational tool for teachers and physical therapists. Simply, we need your financial help to achieve these goals. Please consider contributing to the Dyspraxia Fund. Your dollars will help change lives.

The information below is taken from A Practical Manual for Parents and Professionals by Madeleine Portwood and the Developmental Dyspraxia Foundation UK with their kind permission. Full details of the research and profiles of Dyspraxic children can be found in ‘A Practical Manual for Parents and Professionals’ Behaviours 0 – 3 Years

There are many early indications that a child is dyspraxic and a summary is shown below:

  • Irritable and difficult to comfort – from birth
  • Feeding difficulties: milk allergies, colic, restricted diet
  • Sleeping difficulties: problems establishing routine, requires constant adult reassurance
  • Delayed early motor development: sitting unaided, rolling from side to side: do not usually go through the crawling stage
  • High levels of motor activity: constantly moving arms and legs
  • Repetitive behaviours: head banging or rolling
  • Sensitive to high levels of noise
  • Continued problems with development of feeding skills
  • Toilet training may be delayed
  • Avoids constructional toys such as jigsaws and Lego