Signs & Symptoms

  • Clumsiness
  • 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
  • Fidgety
  • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


In order for children to play, learn and interact with other children and their environment, sensory integration can be key.


These can be as varied as clumsiness, poor gross motor skills or a delay in reaching milestones, to name a few. See the full range in this section.


We have a wide range of services available to you and will work with flexibility at all times, to meet the needs of you or your child.


Enable also offer a range of additional services which utilise our expertise in this area and complement our core range of services perfectly.