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Dyspraxia: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler

By Erica Patino

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In preschool, children with dyspraxia may have trouble with a wide range of physical activities. The following are typical symptoms of dyspraxia. Keep in mind that these signs may occur with other issues, such as dysgraphia, sensory processing issues or significant developmental delays.

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Dyspraxia: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler
Could your child’s trouble with physical activities be caused by weak motor skills? Get an idea with these symptoms and signs of dyspraxia.

Has Trouble Pronouncing Some Words
At home:
Your child refers to his yellow shirt as lellow.
At school:
Your child takes longer than other kids to string together long sentences.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia can have trouble coordinating muscle movements in the mouth. Professionals also refer to this as “apraxia.”

Has Trouble Learning Sports
At home:
Your child isn’t able to throw or catch a ball.
At school:
Your child isn’t able to jump rope.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia can have trouble coordinating big muscle movements. Professionals refer to this as a weakness in gross motor skills.
Struggles With Art Projects
At home:
Your child has difficulty using scissors.
At school:
Your child doesn’t know how to hold crayons properly.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia can struggle to make small muscle movements, too. These are called fine motor skills.
Is Clumsy
At home:
Your child trips and bump into walls, even at home.
At school:
Your child tends to bump into other kids.
The issue:
Kids with dyspraxia can have trouble maintaining balance.
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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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