Dyspraxia, most concisely described, is a learning difficulty that “possesses the most interesting ‘melting pot’ mix of physical and mental characteristics.” (1) Once called a “disorder of sensory integration by Jean Ayes in 1972 and then labeled as “Clumsy Child Syndrome” in 1975, dyspraxia continues to be a confusing condition to classify. The terms “Dyspraxia” and “Developmental Coordination Disorder” are commonly used interchangeably, however, it is felt by some professionals that they are not the same condition. Dyspraxia is defined by the Dyspraxia Foundation USA as a neurological disorder throughout the brain that often comes with a variety of comorbidities, the most common of these being Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). (2) The UK branch further explains that while DCD “is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those people who have additional problems planning, organizing, and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations” and can also experience difficulties with articulation and speech, perception, and thought. (3) Alison Patrick, in her book “The Dyspraxic Learner,” stresses that “the significant role that the mind plays in this condition cannot be underestimated.”
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