Does your teen suffer from Dyspraxia? Does he face trouble while exercising? Does he lack basic motor skills that children his age don’t? If you nodded along anxiously, you might want to read our post. Here we look at dyspraxia in teens, and how the disease can affect teens.
What Is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder, which impacts a teen’s movement, speech, intellect, social skills, and emotions. Dyspraxia has many other names including Motor Learning Difficulties, Perceptuo-Motor Dysfunction, and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) (1).
Who Are Prone To Dyspraxia?
The risk of Dyspraxia in teenagers is higher when compared to adults and children. Some of the risk factors include:
- Premature babies
- Born with a low birth weight
- Alcoholic/Smoker mom
- Genetic factors
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Causes Of Dyspraxia In Teens:
The exact causes of the disease remain mysterious, but here we mention some causes:
- Improper development of the brain’s information processing systems.
- Immature neuron development.
- Some doctors believe it is hereditary.
Symptoms Of Dyspraxia In Teenagers:
Here are some of the dyspraxia symptoms in teenagers:
- Poor Handwriting:
Teens who suffer from Dyspraxia have poor hand writing because they lack fine motor skills to write accurately.
- Speech Impairment:
Some teens find it difficult to pronounce words clearly. Affected teens also find it difficult to control their volume and their pitch as well.
- Lack Of Coordination:
A lack of motor skills may impair your child’s coordination and he may face problems performing activities like swimming, running and exercising.
- Difficulty In Carrying Out Daily Tasks:
In some aggravated cases, the affected teen may not be able to perform routine tasks like grooming, eating with a spoon, wearing clothes, etc.
- DifficultyWhile Driving:
Teens with Dyspraxia face difficulty while driving. As the hand-leg coordination isn’t right, teens find it difficult to balance the steering wheel, or stick to their lane.
Teens who suffer from Dyspraxia face perceptional problems as well. Some are sensitive to light while others might be sensitive to sound.
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Diagnosing Dyspraxia In Teens:
A psychologist, doctor or an educational counselor will be able to detect the presence of the disease in a teen. Some of the telltale signs of Dyspraxia that the doctor looks for include:
- If your child’s motor skills are below the level expected for their age and intelligence, then he is a patient of Dyspraxia.
- If your child is Dyspraxic, then he will lack skills to carry out day-to-day activities.
Some other diagnostic tests include:
- Motor Skills Test:
The doctors test how your teen uses the smaller muscles in his body. Some activities that the doctor may ask your teen to perform include tying shoelaces or doing some craft work like cutting shapes etc.
- Gross Motor Skills:
These skills refer to how well the child uses large muscles of his body that coordinate body movement. Some activities that the doctor may ask your teen to perform include jumping, throwing, walking, running, and maintaining balance, etc.
[ Read: Dyslexia In Teens ]
Treating Dyspraxia In Teenagers:
Dyspraxia is a chronic condition, and the affected teen may have to live with it through his life. Some therapies that can help treat some part of the disease include:
1. Occupational Therapy:
It will help your teen develop the motor skills to carry out daily activities.
2. Speech Therapy:
The speech therapist will assess your teen, and then help him communicate more efficiently.
3. Perceptual training:
The doctor will ask your teen to perform some tasks that are targeted at improving skills like:
- Auditory skills
- Visual skills
- Coordination Skills
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Does your teen suffer from Dyspraxia? How do you manage his symptoms? What line of treatment does he follow? Tell us about your story here. Leave a comment below.
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