Signs & Symptoms
- Poor gross motor skills. Delay in reaching developmental milestones
- Disorganised in terms of movement, organising self, keeping time
- Slow processing – requiring more time to complete tasks
- Slow and/or illegible hand writing
- Difficulty concentrating
- Effort not matching attainment
- Sensitive to environment, to clothing, eating, personal care (cutting nails/hair, hair washing)
- Difficulty coping with change in routine
- Easily distracted
- P.E and team games are difficult
- Difficulty socialising
- Sleep issues
- Struggle with practical tasks
- Behaviour difficulties (class clown, or invisible child)
- They often have a poor sense of direction
- High anxiety levels as feel on the back foot
- Excessive risk taking or avoidant
Diagnosis of Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (D.C.D) or a Sensory Processing difficulty requires a team approach involving OT, PT and GP/Paediatrician/Medical Practitioner.
For a diagnosis there are two specific areas from the DSM-5 definition of D.C.D. that must be considered.
- The acquisition and execution of coordinated motor skills and functional activities is substantially below that expected for the individuals age. This part of the diagnosis is carried out by an occupational therapist and physiotherapist.
- The motor skill difficulties are not better explained by visual impairment, neurological disorder or another medical condition. This part of the diagnosis is carried out by a paediatrician, paediatric neurologist or medical practitioner.