Primary and junior school children
Dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. Associated with this there may be problems of language, perception and thought. Dyspraxia is an immaturity in the way the brain processes information and this results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. Estimates put the number of children experiencing the condition at between 2 and 10% of the population. Boys are four times more likely to be effected than girls.
When youngsters enter the education system whether it is at the age of three in nursery class or at the age of four into reception class parents may for the first time be able to discuss concerns relating to their child's development. The teacher or support assistant will be able to confirm that in relation to other youngsters of the same age, a particular child is finding certain tasks very difficult.
Parents know their children better than any one else and will have seen evidence in the home environment of the problems the child is facing in school. If, as a teacher, you are concerned about a childís development, speak to the parent as soon as possible and obtain relevant information about the child's achievements of early milestones.