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Practical implications of research into dyspraxia

ByJohn Everatt, Brigid C. McNeill

Within the literature on educational learning problems, developmental dyspraxia (dyspraxia for short) is a term used to refer to a disorder of motor skill development. Problems can be with fine and/or gross motor movements (e.g. threading a needle versus balancing on a surface), the performance of which is out of line with the individual’s age or stage of development. Impairments seem to focus on the organization of movements and suggest that people with dyspraxia can have problems planning and coordinating, as well as completing, motor tasks. Simple motor tasks, such as waving goodbye or touching an object, can be affected, but so also can the coordination of actions in more complex tasks, such as putting on clothes in the right order, brushing teeth, making a bed, learning to drive a car. These examples show how individuals with dyspraxia can have problems with everyday activities (Geuze 2005) – hence dyspraxia is often considered in terms of a disability that requires appropriate intervention.