Dyspraxia is a learning difference that affects how the mind processes actions, usually affecting coordination and movement.
What is Dyspraxia?
Research suggests 52% of children with dyslexia may also have dyspraxia
Males are twice as likely to be diagnosed than females
10% of people in the UK have at least mild to moderate dyspraxia
Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty affecting coordination, movement, balance and organisation abilities. Motor difficulties include poor hand to eye coordination and spatial awareness, which can make it difficult for people with dyspraxia to carry out everyday functions such as writing.
This neurodivergence often exhibits similar characteristics with other neurodivergent conditions, particularly Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD, particularly in the areas of short-term memory, concentration, and social interaction.
Employees with dyspraxia are often extremely motivated as they’ve had to persevere in the face of adversity all their lives. They are often strategic thinkers who have had to approach old concepts and problems with new innovative ideas.
We offer Workplace Needs Assessments for people with dyspraxia to make sure that you're supported in your job.
"I often struggle to follow simple visual instructions - if someone shows me a dance step, for example, I can't do it."
"I could sit in front of a task I've done a million times, and be unsure what to do"
"My coordination is what I'd call random - I could be the best typist in the world, or the slowest, in the same day"
Common Dyspraxia challenges:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Spatial awareness
- Short-term memory
- Expressing thoughts clearly
What are the symptoms of Dyspraxia?
Some common Dyspraxia symptoms include difficulties with:
- Coordination, balance and movement
- Everyday tasks like dressing and cooking
- Time management and organisation
- Coping with emotions
- Interacting in social situations
- Learning new skills, thinking and recalling information
Dyspraxia can sometimes be confused with unrelated conditions affecting movement, such as cerebral palsy and stroke.
Common Dyspraxia strengths
Examples of good jobs for Dyspraxics
- Team Leader
- Job Coach
- Marketing Lead
- Business Development
- IT Service Manager