Does your baby find it hard to perform a wide range of regular physical activities suitable for his or her age, such as putting on clothes, hopping, running, speaking clearly and holding a pencil or writing alphabets? If your answer is yes, and you wonder why this happens, then here is the answer. Your toddler might be suffering from dyspraxia, a condition that affects fine or both fine and gross motor coordination in children. Understanding more about it can help you find the most beneficial remedies for your child. Continue reading to know more on this problem.
Dyspraxia is a neurological condition that impairs movement as messages sent from the brain to the muscles are interrupted. It is also known as developmental coordination disorder. It is directly associated with the child’s motor skills. As the name implies, a child with dyspraxia makes it hard finds it difficult to organize and carry out physical activities in the right order. Roughly around 5 to 10 percent of the children of which 2% show acute dyspraxia symptoms.
There are different types of dyspraxia
The reason for dyspraxia is not yet clear. However, it is believed that dyspraxia happens because of some developmental issues in the information processing system of the brain. Experts believe that the child’s motor neurons (nerve cells that control muscles), for some reasons are not developing properly, or are getting damaged. If this happens, the brain requires more time to handle data. The following factors increase the risk of the disorder in children:
Dyspraxia can also accompany with other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation, etc.
Generally, the symptoms of Dyspraxia appear quite early in baby’s life. The child may be slow to reach developmental milestones, such as rolling over or walking. The signs differ, as your child gets older. Here are some basic symptoms of dyspraxia in children.
It can been difficult to diagnose dyspraxia in toddlers below 5 years as often small children are little clumsy when they are learning a new skill or movement. Keen observation plays an important role in diagnosing dyspraxia. If you recognize some unusual signs and symptoms, seek an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. The symptoms should persist for at least six months as many of the symptoms explain above can be an indication of any other issues. If the pediatrician suspects dyspraxia in your child, depending on the symptoms, he will refer the child to
Despite the fact that at present there is no specific treatment and medication for dyspraxia, there are several means to help the child to get the most out of their adapting abilities. Physical, speech and occupational therapy can help the child to manage the condition. Earlier the diagnosis, the better will be the result of these therapies.
Dyspraxia is not curable but there can an improvement in your child’s condition as he gets older and the symptoms lessen. For this it is necessary to give the right treatment and advice in order to reduce the day to day difficulties that dyspraxia can cause in your child.
Some of the activities that you can also do with your child are:
Do you have a child who suffers from dyspraxia? What do you do to help him? Please share your experience in the comments section below.
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