Children with dyspraxia 'falsely labelled naughty'

Thousands of children who have dyspraxia are misunderstood and unfairly labelled, according to a survey published today.

Sometimes unkindly referred to as "clumsy child" syndrome, developmental dyspraxia is an impairment of the organisation of movement which can lead to problems with coordination and simple day-to-day tasks many people take for granted.

But almost three-quarters of people questioned in a nationwide poll admitted that they thought behavioural and learning problems, common to conditions such as dyspraxia, were simply an excuse for naughty or disruptive children.

The survey was published to launch Dyspraxia Awareness Week, which starts today, and was commissioned by the Dyspraxia Foundation, which this year marks its 20th anniversary.
About half of the respondents said they had heard of dyspraxia - but when questioned further, less than a third (31 per cent) said they actually knew or understood what the condition was and how the daily lives of sufferers were affected.

Familiar symptoms of dyspraxia include frequent falling over, difficulty walking up and down stairs, problems in dressing, and lack of spatial awareness.

Source - Daily Mail

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