What is Dyspraxia?


Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination.

Dyspraxia causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for their age. They also appear to move clumsily.

Children with DCD have early developmental milestones – crawling, walking, self-feeding and dressing. They are also usually behind in drawing, writing and performance in sports.

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 is at least 5 years old.

Anxiety, sadness, behavioural problems, and low self-esteem are connected to DCD in children and young adults. Children are more aggressive than their age-matched controls. Young individuals who externalise dissatisfaction are more likely than their more coordinated classmates to socialise with ‘deviant’ friends. Young individuals and adults with dyspraxia are at risk of disengaging. They ‘opt out’ of activities and settings due to shame if their challenges are revealed.

Other Symptoms of Dyspraxia

Difficulty in listening to others, particularly in big crowds. Can be impolite and regularly interrupt. Issues with teamwork. Difficulty detecting nonverbal cues or evaluating tone or pitch of voice in oneself or others. A propensity to take things literally. You might listen but not comprehend. Slow to adjust to new or unexpected events. Sometimes she avoids them entirely. They are very impulsive.

Emotional Side Effects

Emotions experienced as a result of difficulties. it is natural to feel easily agitated, sad, and nervous. They may have difficulties sleeping. Low self-esteem, emotional outbursts, phobias, anxieties, obsessions, compulsions, and addictive behaviour are all possible. Anxiety is high among young individuals and adults with dyspraxia/DCD. Children feel overburdened by tasks that are placed on them. Young individuals are more likely than classmates to experience somatic symptoms of stress and anxiety. For example, aches and pains, dizziness, weariness, and nausea. When confronted with a task that they have previously found difficult, people with dyspraxia suffer significant levels of ‘panic anxiety. This leads to avoidance behaviour.


Emotional issues continue (or even worsen) as young individuals with dyspraxia get older. They are more concerning to parents than their child’s motor difficulties.

Young people with dyspraxia/DCD are more likely to develop comorbid mental problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder.


Anxiety is a prevalent and recurring topic among persons with dyspraxia. According to a poll conducted, 40% of people with dyspraxia aged 13-19 years felt nervous “all the time.” Anxiety refers to feelings of uneasiness, dread, or concern. It is a natural reaction to a stressful or unfamiliar scenario. Like going to a job interview or studying for examinations. Anxiety ranges from being mildly uneasy to being severely incapacitating if it is not recognised and controlled properly. Regular exercise may significantly improve the mood and help you deal with unpleasant emotions. Find a physical activity you love that elevates your heart rate and causes you to breathe quicker. Make time to participate in this activity many times per week.

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