Symptoms of Dyspraxia
The symptoms of dyspraxia are evident at an early age, and the symptoms change as a person ages. The symptoms of dyspraxia listed below are just a summary, and not everyone will experience all of the symptoms.
Symptoms of dyspraxia in children aged 3 to 5 years
- Motor skills: They may have difficulty holding a pencil or avoid playing with building blocks. They may be messy eaters, or move awkwardly.
- Speech and thought skills: Slow to respond to questions or instructions; limited concentration. Some children may have persistent language difficulties.
Symptoms of dyspraxia in primary school aged children
- Thought skills: Limited concentration; inability to follow more than 2 or 3 instructions.
- Motor skills: Difficulties with PE and ball skills; hard-to-read handwriting. The child may also appear clumsy in terms of spillages or falling over due to poor balance.
- Social skills: Difficulty in forming friendships and may be isolated in class.
Symptoms of dyspraxia in secondary school aged children
Many of the symptoms above may persist. In addition, the following signs of dyspraxia may be present:
- Sensitive to different levels of light, sound and heat.
- Poor organisational skills, such as when planning essays or in time management.
- The child may tire easily and require longer periods of sleep and rest.