Get to the Root of the Problem – Causes of Dyspraxia

What is dyspraxia? More commonly known as developmental dyspraxia, it is a spectrum of developmental disorders that affect core human actions and the ability to execute them. This simply means that those individuals who are affected by developmental dyspraxia will tend to have very little or no hand eye co-ordination, as well as problems with normal sensory and motor impairments that can include conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or multiple sclerosis.

The condition, when contracted, can sometimes be life long, which means that there is no known permanent cure for it. Its symptoms can disappear for a time, and reappear within a few months or even quicker at a time. While some people do seem to be able to out grow the disease, the majority of those affected seem to have it with them for life. It also seems to affect more men than women, so there could be a genetic factor when considering the root problems and causes of dyspraxia. Most people with this condition will tell you the bottom line of the disease, which is having no control over the body at some point in time.

This means that your limbs will voluntarily move or you will even collapse for no apparent reason than because your limbs have locked up. The two main categories of dyspraxia are ideational dyspraxia and ideo-motor dyspraxia. The first one deals more with the difficulty in performing a sequence of movements, getting the body to co-ordinate the limbs in time for a simple action; like picking up a glass or handling basic equipment. The second one is more of difficulty in terms of executing and following up on a plan, even when there is pre knowledge of this plan in the first place. The root cause of dyspraxia is sensory and psycho motor skills, which equates to a lack of mental control over the basic functions of the body.

This can manifest itself in verbal dyspraxia, which means that someone cannot have control over their speech organs, they cannot enunciate and make speech sounds effectively, there have plenty of trouble forming words and stringing them into sentences, they have trouble breathing and in some rare cases, eating as well. It also can spread into difficulties in fine motor control, which is the difficulty in learning basic movements, writing, slow writing speed, unable to grip a writing instrument effectively as well as pains and aches while performing even the most simplest of errands (like writing a note).

More advanced symptoms of dyspraxia can also include real problems in basic body movements like running, climbing, walking and even jumping. The person affected is unable to co-ordinate the limbs in the systemic way to properly execute these moves. They often have really poor timing and balance, they cannot pull of a sequence of maneuvers and some may even have trouble gauging distances. These are some of the common causes and symptoms of dyspraxia that you should know about.

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