Dyspraxia, otherwise known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), is a condition affecting motor co-ordination. As well as difficulties in physical coordination and spatial awareness/perception, students may also experience difficulties with memory, and information processing. Students may thereby encounter difficulties in planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation in speech and thought.

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Cause:

  • Difficulties with expression and social interaction, particularly in groups
  • Untidy and slow writing, problems maintaining accuracy in for example writing and movement
  • Problems negotiating directions
  • Difficulty in organization: planning and structuring essays for example
  • Difficulty following more than one instruction simultaneously
  • Physical clumsiness

Effect:

  • Difficulties with social interaction may trigger problems with group work or assessed presentations. Poor expression may lead to confusion or cross-purposes between student and tutor
  • Clumsiness and general inaccuracy may be potentially harmful when carrying out field or lab work
  • Difficulties with writing speed and writing legibility will hinder the student’s ability to ‘keep up’ in lectures
  • Slowness in processing information and organisational skills may mean students struggles to reach deadlines, having to put a lot more thought and energy into production of work

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