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Dyspraxia

Skills That Can Be Affected by Dyspraxia

By Erica Patino

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Dyspraxia affects movement and other skills. Find out how dyspraxia can impact your child’s everyday life.

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Skills That Can Be Affected by Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia can aect kids in and out of the classroom. From writing a story to riding a bike, here are some of the key skills your child may be struggling with that involve dyspraxia.

Fine Motor Skills
What it means:
The brain sending signals to the body to do small movements, usually involving the hands.
This affects the ability to:
• Grip a pencil and write or draw with speed and accuracy
• Button and unbutton clothing
• Use scissors
• Type on a keyboard
• Use cooking utensils
Gross Motor Skills
What it means:
The brain sending signals to the body to do bigger movements using larger muscles, usually involving the arms and legs.
This affects the ability to:
• Ride a bike
• Throw and catch objects
• Play sports
• Hop and skip
• Maintain balance
• Do household chores

Organization
What it means:
Being able to put thoughts in order, follow directions and complete tasks.

This affects the ability to:
• Create and carry out plans, such as writing a school paper
• Organize a work space and keep it neat
• Follow rules, especially when they involve performing motor tasks
• Learn and recall information, especially visual-spatial information
Communication

What it means:
Being able to take part in conversation, regulate speech and pick up on social cues.

This affects the ability to:
• Speak at a volume and pitch appropriate for the situation
• Pick up on others’ nonverbal cues, such as frustration
• Connect with others in a group situation
Graphic of Skills that can be affected by dyspraxia
Graphic of Skills that can be affected by dyspraxia

About the Author

Portrait of Erica Patino

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

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Portrait of Sheldon Horowitz

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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