The symptoms of Dyspraxia can be different between a range of people and may not remain the same over time. This means that it affects people in different ways.
According to the NHS, Dyspraxia can affect:
The cause of dyspraxia is unknown. However, doctors believe that people born prematurely and males may be at a higher risk of dyspraxia. There also seems to be evidence to suggest it runs in families. The University of Hull found that dyspraxia may be determined by genetic factors, meaning an individual may be predisposed to dyspraxia as a result of possible genes being passed on with their family. A number of professionals believe there is a lack of or under development within the individual nerve cells that power the muscle, also known as motor neurons. This indicates that there is hardly a good weaker connection formed, resulting in the brain finding it harder to process information. According to experts at the Disability and Dyslexia Service at Queen Mary University, studies state that the cause of dyspraxia might be an “immaturity of neuron development”.
Health professionals, such as doctors, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists can test to see whether someone has dyspraxia. If you feel that you have dyspraxia, you should visit your GP who may be able to refer you to a professional who will assess your movements and symptoms before diagnosing you. They will also provide you with support on making day-to-day life easier. Before visiting your GP, it’s a good idea to keep a diary of your symptoms, so that they can understand how dyspraxia may be affecting you as an individual.
In the meantime, why not take our dyspraxia quiz?
Please be aware that this quiz is not a diagnosis, but could help you recognise your symptoms and give you an idea of what to raise with your GP or healthcare professional.
Dyspraxia is a recognised disability protected by the Equality Act (2010). This means that organisations must create safe and suitable working conditions for their employees who are diagnosed with dyspraxia. This will help enhance their workforce’s performance, ensure they are a disability confident employer, and most importantly, follow the law.
Having employees with dyspraxia has many benefits. People with dyspraxia tend to be hard workers, creative and great thinkers. Individuals with dyspraxia have come a long way to be where they are by overcoming many obstacles, this shows their patience and resilience which can make them great leaders. In addition, it is important to request any reasonable adjustments you may need if you do have or feel you may have dyspraxia. This will bring out the best in you by helping you feel more comfortable and confident at work.
Our neurodiverse team provides CV support, career coaching, and advice for dyspraxic people, helping them realise their skills and find suitable jobs. We also provide Workplace Needs Assessments for employees who are diagnosed with (or believe themselves to have) dyspraxia.