“The diagnosis (of dyspraxia) is not new and has been around for a long time but under different labels. In the past it has been called ‘The Clumsy Child Syndrome’…Unfortunately, both their peer group and their teachers tended to regard them as lazy and stupid as well as clumsy…”
(Dyspraxia: The Hidden Handicap, Kirby 1999)

Thankfully, the world has come a long way since Amanda Kirby penned this introduction to her ground-changing book. However, children and young people with dyspraxia often remain misunderstood and inadequately supported since their difficulties are often not viewed as severe enough. Yet their difficulties often impact upon their everyday lives and can cause long-term psychological problems in later life.

Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder which affects approximately 1 in 6 individuals. It is defined as a difficulty in planned movement, actions and co-ordination and affects many aspects of everyday life. Early identification is essential to provide help at the earliest opportunity to enable individuals to achieve their full potential.

Dyspraxia is also sometimes known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder which is a clinical condition impacting the development of physical movement.

Although dyspraxia can be identified within educational settings and intervention can be provided by both teachers and parents, it is recommended that a thorough diagnostic assessment is conducted by an Occupational Therapist or physiotherapist to rule out other neurophysiological disorders and ensure that appropriate support is provided.

Here you will find checklists and handouts to offer information and advice for teachers and parents. You can download the advice for your own personal use only. Full copyright for the handouts remains with the author and publisher.