Dyspraxia is a condition that can co-exist with Autism. Autistic people often have difficulties with motor co-ordination and, if they are significantly affected in this way, may also be given a formal diagnosis of dyspraxia.
As with autism, people with dyspraxia may be over- or under-sensitive to certain sensory stimuli.
For many people with dyspraxia, things like fastening a button, using a spoon, tying shoelaces, holding a pencil or things in general, and even sitting up straight can be a huge challenge for them.
Dyspraxia is thought to be caused by the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. It affects the planning of what to do and how to do it, and is associated with problems of perception, language and thought.
In spite of the fact that dyspraxia has nothing to do with intelligence, many people mistakenly believe that these individuals are intellectually disabled. This drive homes the fact that it’s important to treat the person like they can rather than they can’t.
For more information on Dyspraxia, below is the link to the Dyspraxia Ireland website.