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How common is dyspraxia? It’s been reported that as many as one child in 10 may show symptoms of it. Here’s a closer look at dyspraxia.

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Dyspraxia by the Numbers

Children with dyspraxia have trouble with fine motor skills. This can include everything from waving goodbye to brushing their teeth. Here are basic facts about dyspraxia.

Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with dyspraxia.

About 2 percent of children have severe symptoms of dyspraxia, while 4 percent have moderate symptoms and 10 percent have at least some mild characteristics.

Dyspraxia in children is usually diagnosed between ages 6 and 12. When diagnosed before age 5, it’s usually seen in children with other, significant developmental challenges.

Dyspraxia can run in families. A specific “dyspraxia gene” hasn’t been identified. But it’s not uncommon for parents of children with dyspraxia to say that other members of their family have had similar issues. Doctors will ask about family history when diagnosing the condition.

Coordination issues may be seen as just “clumsiness.” Signs of dyspraxia could be confused with signs of other learning or attention issues (like ADHD or dysgraphia).
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Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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