Dyspraxia, for those who do not know, is a neurological disorder that impairs a person’s motors skill, memory, and things of the sort. Every single person with Dyspraxia is different and no two cases are the same.
One in ten people have Dyspraxia so you most likely know someone with it. There is really not much known about it at this point, but we hope to change that in time. Some people show signs of Dyspraxia from birth than on through adulthood but most people don’t even realize that these signs mean something. They are cast off as ‘normal’ and parents don’t usually think twice about them.
Dyspraxia is also known as developmental coordination disorder and clumsiness is one of the more common symptoms. There is currently no cure for dyspraxia and it is a learning disorder that can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Sadly, this is something most people do not even know exist. If you think you may be suffering from Dyspraxia check out the list below and see if these symptoms apply to you. If you feel they do click here for information on how to go about getting diagnosed properly.
20 Signs You May Have Dyspraxia:
1. Difficulty with typing, handwriting, and drawing
This happens because these people have poor manipulative skills. They often press far too hard when writing and trouble keeping things on the lines. It can be quite frustrating for the person who is trying to write as they notice others doing it with ease.
2. Difficulty riding a bicycle
This one comes from poor balance. A person with Dyspraxia will also have a lot of trouble going up and down hills. Doing anything that involves balance is a real task.
3. Flapping arms while running
This comes from exaggerated ‘accessory movements.’ While they might do anything this is the most common of the ‘accessory movements.’ It will be something they simply cannot control.
4. Tendencies to trip, bump and fall into things and people
This is where clumsiness comes into play the most I think. These people are always bumping into things and falling. While it may not seem like a big deal it is.
5. Trouble using things like locks and keys
This is because they may not have a proper grasp. When we have an inadequate grasp using tools and other household things becomes almost impossible. They just cannot get a good hold on things.
6. Trouble doing two-handed tasks
This boils down to a lack of manual dexterity in general. It can be minor or extreme depending on the person. Some cannot even iron.
7. Poorly established hand dominance
This just means they don’t favor one hand over the other. They will use either hand for different tasks at different times. It’s like they just use whichever they feel like using that day.
8. Over-sensitive to touch
Now, some people can be under sensitive to touch so this is not limited by no means. For people who are over-sensitive, they will most likely avoid physical contact. For some even wearing tight clothing is a big issue.
9. Very Sensitive to smell and taste
As mentioned above people can also be under sensitive to this one as well. People who are over-sensitive may avoid specific foods and scents like the plague. They just cannot handle them.
10. Repeats things a lot
Some people with this have trouble organizing the things they are trying to say. They may talk non-stop and repeat themselves a lot. However, it is important to remember that most people do not realize they are doing this.
11. Difficulty putting on makeup or shaving
Trouble with grooming activities and even dressing are quite common. They may not even be able to tie their own shoelaces. It just varies from person to person the extent of what they can do themselves. Some may be quite skilled in these things but have a shaky hand that sometimes throws them off.
12. Slow to finish tasks
People with this tend to daydream and often procrastinate. They wander about aimlessly and are not often concerned with finishing things. It is hard for them to focus.
13. Quite easily distracted
As mentioned above, it is hard for someone with this to focus. They cannot concentrate as easily as most people and have to work twenty times as hard at it. They are not just being lazy.
14. Messy and cluttered in general
These people, for the most part, are often erratic and can be quite the clutter bugs. Because everything is so much harder for them the things they can do are often done much messier than when done by others. However, you should never try to keep them from doing things.
15. Poor memory especially when it comes to short-term
They forget and lose things all the time. They just have a bad memory, and it doesn’t want them remembering the important things. It is not their fault that they have lost their cell phone more than three times this week.
16. Problems with math, spelling, and reading
Because of their poor sequencing abilities, they have trouble getting these things done. While they will try hard, it just sometimes gets all mixed up. This can become quite stressful.
17. Becomes stressed easily
These people deal with a lot on a daily basis so it is normal that they will become stressed. These people are often more anxious and depressed than others. Some of them can even be prone to low self-esteem.
18. Difficulty driving or cooking
Because of many of these things listed cooking and driving is often quite hard and sometimes impossible for people with this. They have poor hand-eye coordination and many other things that can contribute. With that being said, you should not sign them off so quickly some can drive just fine.
19. Inadequate sense of direction
They have trouble telling right from left and are not good at reading maps. Sometimes this is not present but it usually is. A sense of direction is very important.
20. Oversensitive to noise
Sometimes these people are not even able to tell what is background noise and what isn’t. It is something that they have to deal with all the time and can be stressful as mentioned above. Noise oversensitivity is quite common in people with Dyspraxia.
For symptoms from earlier stages please click here. More people need to know about Dyspraxia, because it is a very real issue. Also, please remember not every case of Dyspraxia is extreme. If you think you have this condition, please head over to your doctor to have this figured out.