Dyspraxia and Apraxia
Treatment You Can Do From Your Home or Our Office
Developmental dyspraxia and apraxia are neurological conditions that cause a breakdown in the brain’s motor planning and movement sequencing abilities. While apraxia is most commonly associated with speech difficulties, developmental dyspraxia suggests a global motor planning disorder.
Dyspraxia, or developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), affects coordination, spatial awareness and sensory perception. Dyspraxia sufferers often have a difficult time planning and implementing both sensory and motor tasks and frequently experience learning difficulties.
Apraxia and developmental dyspraxia may co-exist with a variety of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, speech/language problems, autism spectrum disorder, dyscalculia and other math difficulties, auditory and visual processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder<hyperlink> and nonverbal learning disorder.
The following symptoms are often associated with apraxia and developmental dyspraxia:
- Skipping the crawling and rolling over stages as a baby
- Difficulty learning to walk, jump and skip
- Appearing clumsy
- Problems with speech, pronouncing sounds/words
- Slow to establish left- or right-handedness
- Sensory problems with the feel of clothing, textured foods, brushing hair, light or deep touch, lights, sounds, etc.
- Problems with fine motor activities like holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, using buttons or zippers, dressing, personal grooming, using feeding utensils, etc.
- Poor coordination and trouble with PE and sports activities
- Problems in school with reading, writing or math
- Vision and perception difficulties
- Problems with short-term memory
- Emotional, behavioral and social skills problems
- Poor posture
- Low self-esteem
Someone with mild dyspraxia may be able to pass it off as a quirky foible, or a situational problem. In severe cases, though, it may mean being unable to walk up stairs without holding on, or forgetting to take off your clothes before having a shower. These challenges can leave you feeling desperate to find a safe, effective treatment that doesn’t involve medication.
Managing Apraxia and Dyspraxia Successfully with Learn 2 Focus
Learn 2 Focus has helped countless children and adults overcome their challenges associated with apraxia and developmental dyspraxia through extensive brain training programs. Our advanced, research-based solutions can help support your child’s motor planning and sequencing skills, as well as a variety of other cognitive and executive functioning abilities.
We offer several solutions proven effective in helping both children and adults learn to manage their personal challenges. Each program is offered either in our office, using your computer in your own home, or a combination of both: