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Motor Dyspraxia (DCD)

What is Motor Dyspraxia?

Also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, Motor Dyspraxia is a developmental condition that causes challenges with movement and co-ordination.

What does it look like?

Motor Dyspraxia in infants may manifest in the following ways:

  • Slow progress in achieving typical developmental milestones, such as rolling over, sitting, or crawling
  • Displaying unusual body positions (postures).
  • Struggling with toys requiring coordination, like stacking bricks.
  • Facing challenges in learning to eat with cutlery, which may persist intermittently.

Motor Dyspraxia in older children may manifest in the following ways:

Movement and coordination issues:

  • Difficulty participating in playground activities such as hopping, jumping, running, or ball-related games due to coordination issues.
  • Challenges with tasks like walking up and down stairs, writing, drawing, and using scissors, leading to less developed skills compared to peers.
  • Trouble with daily activities like dressing, buttoning, and tying shoelaces.
  • Restlessness, often seen as excessive swinging or limb movement.

Although clumsiness is common, it may not solely indicate Motor Dyspraxia, as some children may exhibit typical motor skills despite appearing clumsy.

Additional challenges:

  • Poor concentration and attention span, struggling to focus for extended periods.
  • Difficulty following instructions and processing information, often performing better in one-on-one settings.
  • Challenges with organization and task completion.
  • Slower acquisition of new skills, requiring repeated encouragement and guidance.
  • Social difficulties, including trouble making friends and potential bullying due to differences or clumsiness.
  • Behavior issues stemming from frustration with symptoms.
  • Lower self-esteem due to the challenges they face.

These presentations of Motor Dyspraxia may vary in severity and persistence across individuals.

Motor Dyspraxia Assessment

A thorough and accurate diagnosis for Motor Dyspraxia requires a range of assessments from specialists in different fields. As well as assessments from a Physiotherapist, Psychologist, and Speech and Language Therapist, an assessment from an experienced neurodevelopmental Paediatrician will also be required.

A Motor Dyspraxia assessment takes around 3 hours, alternatively this can be split into two 90 minute sessions.

See below for assessment prices.

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He has held a number of senior roles in the NHS and has consistantly and tirelessly fought to enhance services for children and young people both in hospitals and in the wider community.

Dr Nawaz specialises in ADHD treatment, and his work in this field has seen him nominated for nationally recoginised awards. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside him here at Ghosh Medical.

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