Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia, which is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a diagnosis that affects someone’s movement, coordination, and planning skills. Evidence base suggests that Dyspraxia is 3 – 4 times more common in males than females, and it is commonly associated with other neurodivergences such as autism and ADHD. Dyspraxia can be diagnosed for a child over 5 years old and can also be assessed into adulthood.

Things you might notice in someone who is Dyspraxic:

  • Needs relating to balance and movement
  • Harder to learn new skills, thinking and remembering information at school, work and home.
  • Some daily living tasks such as dressing or preparing meals take more effort, time and/or concentration.
  • Difficulties with grasping or manipulating small objects.
  • Challenges with managing emotions.
  • Executive functioning needs, such as time management, planning, organising and sequencing.

Assessing Dyspraxia

You can self-refer (or refer your child) to us for an assessment of Dyspraxia. Our assessments process is detailed below:

Tools we use during the assessment

During the assessment the team will complete a comprehensive development history. Alongside this they will offer a range of different tools depending on age, other co-occurring needs and reason for assessment.

The tools we use in our service are:

  • WISC-V: A standardised test used to assess cognitive differences, global developmental delays, or learning disabilities, completed by a clinical psychologist.
  • BOT-2: A tool used to assess motor skills in individuals aged 4 to 21, providing valuable insights into their motor development and coordination.
  • SPM: The Sensory Processing Measure evaluates sensory processing issues, praxis, and social participation. The SPM-2, suitable for all ages, helps understand an individual’s sensory profile to guide targeted interventions.
  • Beery VMI: Our therapists use this standardised test to assess visual-motor integration, identifying difficulties that may affect activities like handwriting and drawing. Suitable for all ages.
  • DASH/DASH 17+: Standardised tests to assess handwriting speed and legibility. DASH is for ages 9-16, and DASH 17+ is for ages 17 and older.

Support for Dyspraxia

We don’t look to ‘treat dyspraxia’ however there are things that can help with daily living, for example:

  • Physiotherapy to support with improving mobility, balance and movement.
  • Occupational Therapy to explore strategies to promote independence and managing everyday tasks, such as writing or preparing food.
  • Nursing or Psychology can support with emotional regulation.
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