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Childhood 'clumsiness' explained

Dyspraxia is a syndrome of visual-motor dysfunction that affects 10% of the population, particularly males, whereby the sufferer has at least normal intelligence, but is uncoordinated with writing and sports skills. There is difficulty in transferring messages from the brain to the muscles of the body causing problems with talking, coordination, and thinking. It is commonly associated with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Asperger's syndrome. Causes of dyspraxia can include metabolic conditions and poorly achieved infant milestones. Treatment incorporates the assistance of a pediatric occupational therapist, educational psychologist and schooling that accommodates the child's specific learning needs.

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About: Childhood 'clumsiness' explained

Date: 12 July 2005

Source: Evening News

Author: Mairiona McInally-Kier

URL: http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=817462005

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