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Dyspraxia

Is Dyspraxia a Learning Disability?

By Bob Cunningham

Is dyspraxia a learning disability? It definitely seems to affect my child’s ability to learn!

Bob Cunningham

Advisor-in-Residence, Understood

In the U.S., dyspraxia is not considered a specific learning disability. But it is considered a disability, and it can impact learning.

If you google the term “dyspraxia” you may see it described as a “motor learning disability.” It’s often called this in the U.K. and other countries.

Dyspraxia affects the use of muscles. Different types of dyspraxia can affect writing, speech and other movements involved in learning. That’s one reason dyspraxia is often discussed in the same breath as dysgraphia and other learning issues.

Students with dyspraxia can get special education services. The law covers 13 categories of disabilities that can affect learning. Learning disabilities is one of the 13. But that’s not the category that covers most kids with dyspraxia. They tend to be covered under “Speech and Language Impaired” or “Other Health Impaired.”

Here’s one more detail that can add to confusion. It’s not uncommon for kids to have dyspraxia and learning disabilities. But the most important thing to keep mind is that whether your child has dyspraxia, learning disabilities or both, there are many ways you and your child’s school can help.

Learning more about dyspraxia is a good starting point. You may also want to read more about your child’s rights. This can help you advocate for the services and supports your child needs to succeed in school and in life.

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Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham, Ed.M., serves as advisor-in-residence on learning and attention issues for Understood

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