A mate of mine has a ds who has been given a dx of dyspraxia. this boy (8) is very co-ordinated, has good ballence, started walking, running, hopping, riding a bike early. he has neat handwriting for a child of his age and is an ethusiastic and sucessful 'sporty' type of a kid. loves to play ball, climb trees and excelles at all this sort of thing.
And I being stupid or am I missing soemthing here? This boy appears to have excelent gross and fine motor control. What could tis dx mean?
That is what the mu thinks and I agree with her. he son is having some probelms in school, whouldn't have been surprised by a dylexia diagnosis but I was gobsmaked at the dyspraxia as this little boy is very well co-ordinated, far more so than my NT dd!
This is the sort of kid who is first in all the races, first picked for the football team etc.
The diagnosis may be inaccurate but there are so many different symptoms for dyspraxia. The gross and fine motor problems are probably the most obvious but if you look here there may well be other issues which apply to this child. At the end of the day whatever the diagnosis it is the relevant symptoms which need addressing and perhaps in his case it is self organisation, sequencing, or language etc which needs to be addressed rather than the purely physical.
She should get a 2nd opinion! My ds was diagnosed with dyspraxia but a 2nd opinion from an OT found that he had low muscle tone which accounts for his distractibilily. I always felt the diagnosis was strange too as my ds is well co-ordinated, articulate and not at all clumsy. His handwriting was poor at the time and I think this is what led to the diagnosis but I think with hindsight it was really just inattention to detail.
Thank you for the feed back, which has confirmed my understanding of the condition. neither The Mum not I can believe the dx, since the boy is very well co-ordinated.....more co-ordinated than average.
No-one would have been surprised at a dx of dylexia as he does have some probelms with reading and there is a family history.