Dyspraxia is characterized by a lack of coordination and problems with speech and in some cases cognitive function. The problem is usually detected early in childhood, although a person can go for many years before a diagnosis is made.
People with dyspraxia may have high intelligence, but they may have difficulties with memory, speech problems, and coordination problems. People with dyspraxia may have issues with conventional education, such as taking tests, although may show strong initiative to learn on their own.
There may be sports they may have difficulty participating in, but, for instance, they may be able to excel at swimming and running. It is fully possible to live a fulfilling and successful life with dyspraxia, but there are some tips to keep in mind.
Friends and loved ones can help support people with dyspraxia who live regular lives. Therapy, staying organized and seeking help where needed are important.
1. Occupational Therapy
Dyspraxia can disrupt one’s life by making everyday activities significant challenges. Walking up the stairs, preparing a meal and even brushing one’s teeth can be difficult depending on the severity of dyspraxia and what activities it affects.
Occupational therapy is an important way to make life easier for those with dyspraxia. An occupational therapist can visit your home and give you ideas on how to make certain tasks easier. It may be simply a matter of arranging your home in a certain way, having extra devices that may make activities easier and making a schedule to do things when you have extra help.
An occupational therapist can help you break down things that you need to do and figure out how to accomplish them in an efficient way. As new issues come up, an occupational therapist can help you create a new approach to dealing with them.