These children struggle with the “output” in
schoolwork and life that they would like.
Question: My twelve-year-old son
seems to be having so much more trouble than his brothers with easy things
like catching a ball, riding a bike, and
even cutting his food. He’s so smart, but
feels dumb because he’s often doing silly
things like dropping things. What do
you think is going on?
Answer: This is such a great question!
There are many children (and adults)
who suffer from an undiagnosed condi-
tion called dyspraxia. These are kids who
seem to be accident-prone, clumsy, or
uncoordinated. Dyspraxia is officially
called a developmental coordination dis-
order. The symptoms can be mild, moder-
ate, or severe. Basically, these kids have
difficulty planning and coordinating
physical movement. There are lots of ways
to help with dyspraxia at home. Learning
more about it can help you find the most
effective solutions for your child.
Although dyspraxia isn’t as widely dis-
cussed as other conditions that impact
learning, like dyslexia, it is actually very
common. At least four times more boys
than girls are affected (some researchers
think as many as seven times).
For many children the symptoms are
never diagnosed. Thus, dyspraxia is often called the “hidden or misunderstood
problem.” This can be hard on the child
since he feels it is his fault.
One of the most puzzling parts of this
disorder for both the child and the parent is that somewhere along the line, the
messages are not getting through from
the brain to the muscle, but this occurs
inconsistently. In the morning the message may have gone through, but later