How Do I Know If My Child Has Developmental Dyspraxia?

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By Margaret. H

One of the more common symptoms of dyspraxia in children is the development of sensory integration dysfunction, which is a condition which effects the body’s natural reaction to stimuli. This affects their five senses, which means the sense of touch, their sight, their smell etc. The condition makes children, especially of the younger ages, have abnormal and over the top reactions to stimuli like light, sound and even touch.

They react badly, often have crying spells and will shy away from the light because it either hurts their eyes or causes them to blink uncontrollably. It may also manifest in symptoms like the revulsion to certain textures, which can sometimes be cloth or certain textures within walls of homes. Children with sensory integration dysfunction will also seem to be extremely unsociable and will retract to a safe place because they are unable to withstand being touched by other people (sometimes even their loved ones). They also become very picky eaters, with aversions to food based purely on the colour and their texture. Auditory sensitivity can come in the form of screaming when they hear music, putting their hands over their ears when people are in conversation or even crying spells when thunderstorms occur.

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There is also the question of temperature sensitivity, normally associated with environmental temperature. Children with this form of sensitivity will often be accustomed to unusually cold or hot environment, and will complain when placed in room temperature. One of the more common symptoms is their insistence to have either the air conditioner switched on at all times or even the heater, even when the climate is relatively cool or warm. Also, dyspraxia is more commonly known to affect the body functions of a child, commonly cropping as problems with timing and balance. Especially in toddlers who have started to learn how to walk, common imbalances and falling over frequency can sometimes be early symptoms of dyspraxia.

They cannot control their limbs, they are unable to pull of a co-ordinated movements and they are also unable to form and learn the physical motions necessary to do certain simple tasks like stirring a drink, opening a lid or even holding a pencil to write. If your child is constantly knocking things over, or they have trouble telling which is left or right or even have poor muscle development due to idleness or even proneness of staying in bed and not moving. General difficulties can also appear in phonics and speech, which can come in the form of unable to form a single sentence or even have difficulty in pronouncing even the most simplest of words. They will also have difficulty in grasping writing and drawing instruments and have inertia to learn, sometimes even showing symptoms of ADHD (although it is simply a reaction to their own frustrations). These are some of the symptoms of developmental dyspraxia that should be noted if you want to prevent it from being either full blown or developing into some further, more advanced and much more dangerous.

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