Dyspraxia / Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia in the UK, is a common disorder affecting fine or gross motor coordination in children and adults. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.
Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present; these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experience. An individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment.
Children may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, typing, riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities.
In adulthood, many of these difficulties will continue, as well as learning new skills at home, in education and work, such as driving a car and DIY, social and emotional difficulties, as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation and these, may also affect an adult’s education or employment experiences.