Occupational Therapy for Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a neurological condition that affects movement and coordination. It is a lifelong condition that can impact various aspects of daily life. Individuals with dyspraxia may have difficulties with planning and organizing movements, which can affect tasks such as writing, typing, sports, and other activities that require coordination.


There are several common classifications of Dyspraxia including; 


There are several factors believed to contribute to the development of Dyspraxia including; 

Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for Dyspraxia including family history, gender and neurological conditions affecting development or function of the brain. 


Common symptoms of Dyspraxia include;

Occupational Therapy Specialism

Occupational Therapists who specialise in assessing and treating people who have Dyspraxia are based in a branch of Occupational Therapy for  Neurodivergence.

Common Difficulties associated with Dyspraxia 

Dyspraxia, or developmental coordination disorder (DCD), can result in a range of difficulties that affect various aspects of daily life. Common challenges associated with dyspraxia include:

Motor Skills Challenges

Hand-Eye Coordination Difficulties

Speech and Language Challenges

Sensory Sensitivities

Spatial Awareness Issues

Social and Emotional Difficulties

Academic Challenges


How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy (OT) is often a key component of the multidisciplinary approach to managing dyspraxia, as it focuses on improving an individual's ability to perform daily activities and enhance their overall quality of life. Here are ways in which occupational therapy can help individuals with dyspraxia:

Motor Skill Development

Sensory Integration

Handwriting Improvement

Planning and Organization

Self-Care Skills

Coordination and Balance Training

Visual Perception Training

Social Skills Development

Environmental Modifications

Cognitive Strategies

Emotional and Behavioral Support

Collaboration with Parents and Teachers