Primary & junior school
Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in children and adults. While DCD is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those people who have additional problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought (Dyspraxia Foundation, 2013).
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 child’s development, speak to the parent as soon as possible and obtain relevant information about the child’s achievements of early milestones.