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Dyspraxia...strange diagnosis

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happymerryberries Fri 19-Aug-05 20:57:31

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?

Any help greatfuly accepted.

happymerryberries Fri 19-Aug-05 20:59:33

Oh and his oral skills have been assessed as above average at a level of 128. He is quite articulte and clear.

he has some probelms with reading but has a reading age of over 7

spursmum Fri 19-Aug-05 21:02:48

I'm confused. The paed thought my ds may be dyspraxic as he had no co-ordination at all!! This sounds like the time to ask for a second opinion as this one is clearly wrong.

happymerryberries Fri 19-Aug-05 21:07:20

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.

LIZS Fri 19-Aug-05 21:16:30

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.

happymerryberries Fri 19-Aug-05 21:17:54

I can see that self organisation and sequencing could be an issue, oraly this child is above average, very confident and articulate

chipmonkey Fri 19-Aug-05 21:32:23

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.

aloha Fri 19-Aug-05 21:59:28

That's mad. YOu can't be dyspraxic and well-coordinated. It's like saying he was reading Shakespeare at five and is dyslexic. Noooo. Bizarre.

happymerryberries Sat 20-Aug-05 09:19:20

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.

But the dyspraxia thing seems way out

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