Q is for Questions about dyspraxia
A – Z of Living with Dyspraxia Q is for Questions about dyspraxia
*Some information provided by the Dyspraxia Foundation
When living with the dyspraxia one of the biggest challenges faced is the questions about it. I like to think I am getting better at describing what it is, the Dyspraxia Foundation certainly help on that front; but when questions arise, it can cause anxiety and confusion and not just for the dyspraxic involved.
With that in mind, I thought it would be good to answer some of those burning questions for those not quite in the know.
What is dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a lifelong neurological condition that affects adults and children. It affects learning but not exclusively. It is a common disorder affecting fine/gross motor skills. It is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder.
How many people have dyspraxia?
An estimated 5% of the population are affected, 2% severely.
So that is by my calculation over 3 million people living with dyspraxia in the UK, and just over a million of those could have severe dyspraxic tendencies.
That’s enough to sell out the Anthony Joshua fight 34.4 times.
Is there a cure for dyspraxia?
No, but with adjustments and support people living with dyspraxia are fully capable of living independent lives.
Is dyspraxia a learning difficulty/disability?
Although dyspraxia does affect learning and a learning environment can often be the first place dyspraxia manifests itself, dyspraxia can affect all aspects of a person’s life not exclusively learning.
Is dyspraxia like dyslexia?
Although dyspraxia may occur in isolation, it is common that people living with dyspraxia have overlapping conditions. Frequently sufferers of dyspraxia live with other conditions that coexist with dyspraxia. These are wide ranging from ADHD and Autism to language disorders as well as social, emotional and behavioural impairments.
Co-occurring conditions can have a serious negative impact on daily life.
Is dyspraxia a form of brain damage?
No, although dyspraxic symptoms could be confused with symptoms of a brain injury and dyspraxia in some case can occur from a brain injury, dyspraxia is not brain damage.
Dyspraxia is separate from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and occurs across a range of intellectual abilities.
Dyspraxia is a neurological condition or disorder of the nervous system.
Q is for Question about dyspraxia because the more questions that are asked about it, the better dyspraxia and its effects will be better understood.