Supporting people with Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) affecting many people. It is also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD). If you have been diagnosed with dyspraxia, please register with Student Support and Wellbeing so that we can discuss how to help you.

Characteristics:

A person with dyspraxia may experience some of the following difficulties:

  • Balance. 
  • Connection between the left and right side of the body.
  • Sense of direction, confusing right from left, and map reading.
  • Hand-eye coordination. 
  • Losing their place whilst reading.
  • Routine tasks of daily life such as driving, housework and cooking.
  • Increased sensitivity to sensory information, such as light, sound and taste. 
  • Organising the content and sequence of language in speech and writing.
  • Tendency to bump into things and people; exaggerated movements.
  • Handwriting may be slow, messy and painful. 
  • Typing may be slow and error prone.
  • Information processing.
  • Difficulties with punctuality/ time management.

Diagnosis

If you are a current student and you feel that you may have dyspraxia, we recommend that you register with Student Support and Wellbeing and make an appointment with your SpLD adviser. 

Your SpLD advisor will carry out an initial screening for dyspraxia and may refer you for a full diagnostic assessment. 

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