Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination. It causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for their age, and appear to move clumsily.
DCD is thought to be around 3 or 4 times more common in boys than girls, and the condition sometimes runs in families.
The condition often causes continued problems into adulthood.
Symptoms of Dyspraxia
Early developmental milestones of crawling, walking, self-feeding and dressing may be delayed in young children with dyspraxia. Drawing, writing and performance in sports are also usually behind what is expected for their age.
Although signs of the condition are present from an early age, children vary widely in their rate of development. This means a definite diagnosis of dyspraxia does not usually happen until a child with the condition is 5 years old or more.
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