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Dyspraxia: What You’re Seeing in Your Middle-Schooler

By Erica Patino

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As academic and social demands ramp up in middle school, symptoms of dyspraxia may become more noticeable. Here are some common signs of dyspraxia. Keep in mind that these signs may occur with other issues, such as dysgraphia or dyslexia.

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Dyspraxia: What You’re Seeing in Your Middle-Schooler

Sometimes the signs of dyspraxia only emerge in middle school, when kids start to struggle academically and socially. Here’s what you might be seeing.

Has Trouble Using Basic Electronics
At home:
Your child has difficulty texting and using a cell phone.
At school:
Your child has trouble using a keyboard and mouse.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia may have trouble with small muscle movements, or fine motor skills.

Is Awkward When Playing Sports
At home:
Your child can’t play catch or toss the football around during family outings.
At school:
Your child shies away from team sports and is a wallower in gym class.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia can have trouble with big muscle movements, or gross motor skills.

Has Poor Writing Skills
At home:
Your child’s handwriting still is illegible.
At school:
Your child has trouble copying information from a board or taking notes.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia often have difficulties with the physical act of writing.
Has Trouble Speaking
At home:
Your child mispronounces or omits words from sentences.
At school:
Your child has trouble pronouncing long words or complex strings of words, like tongue twisters.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia might struggle to coordinate muscle movements in the mouth. Professionals also refer to this as “apraxia.”
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Erica Patino

Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Dec 14, 2013 Dec 14, 2013

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