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.
Please contact us to find out how we can help you if you recognise any of these behavioural patterns.
Bilateral coordination refers to the ability to coordinate both sides of the body at the same time in a controlled and organized manner; for example, stabilizing paper with one hand while writing/ cutting with the other.
Gross motor control
Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements. Fine motor skills are involved in smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, and the feet and toes.
Balance and Posture
Yoked prisms will alter the centre of gravity and posture and for this we often work alongside a neurophysiotherapist (Martin Higgins) because all the muscles behave differently as the body leans. This can help you to become grounded. I have videos of how the arm movements can be altered when wearing a set of yoked prisms. (see video section of Sophie). If you keep bumping the car or banging into things on one side, then you may have a midline shift. This can be addressed with yoked prisms which move the world back to where it belongs for you, Yes, we can move mountains!!