Does dyspraxia run in families?

No “dyspraxic gene” has been identified. However many parents of children who have dyspraxia can identify another member of the family with similar difficulties: as dyspraxia is more often found in boys than girls this may be a father, grandfather, uncle or cousin. Sometimes, during the course of an assessment fathers realise that they experienced similar difficulties as a child. They then have to rethink their own life experiences while also supporting their child and partner. Ragu Lingham ( 2009) concluded in his research that there is a hereditary risk factor with coordination difficulties and Michele Lee and Sue Yoxall found in their study  (2007) that 32% reported a family history of dyspraxia or co-ordination difficulties.

LEE MG & YOXALL S: (2007) Family History of Dyspraxia and related conditions in Children with a diagnosis of Dyspraxia. Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal: 6, 23 – 29

LINGHAM R et al (2009) Prevalence of developmental coordination disorder using the DSM-IV at 7 years of age: a UK population-based study Pediatrics. 2009 Apr;123(4):693-700