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Developmental dyspraxia affects the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families and may overlap with other learning differences or related conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder.

Other things to know about dyspraxia

The experience of people with dyspraxia may vary as widely as those with dyslexia, but they will usually encounter a combination of difficulties that may include any of the following:

  • Motor coordination skills: Poor balance / poor posture and fatigue. Clumsy gait and movement and a lack of manual dexterity. Poor hand to eye co-ordination.
  • Perception: Poor visual perception, lack of spatial relationships awareness / inadequate sense of direction. Little sense of time, speed, distance or weight.
  • Learning, thought and memory: Difficulty with the planning and organising of thought / and concentration. Poor memory. Problems with maths, reading and spelling and writing. Difficulty in following instructions.
  • Speech and language: Difficulty with the content, clarity and sequence of language.
  • Emotion and behaviour: Difficulty in listening to people/ picking up non-verbal signals or judging tone or pitch of voice. Tendency to take things literally and difficulty in adapting to situations.

For further information: Dyspraxia Foundation

How can ACM Education Guidance help with dyspraxia?

We will ensure that you get any access arrangements to which you are entitled.
Using the recommendations from your diagnostic assessment as a guide, we can offer 1:1 tutorials that help you improve your:

  • Note-taking techniques
  • Planning and structuring of assignments
  • Use of assistive software
  • Reading strategies
  • Organisational skills and time management
  • Revision techniques and strategies

What to do next

Drop in: to the Education Guidance Centre in Global House to speak to Fiona or Helen
Phone: 01483 501211
Email: /

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