DCD / Dyspraxia Awareness
DCD(Developmental Co-ordination Disorder), also commonly referred to as dyspraxia, is something I've dealt with my whole life, and something that many people don't even know exists.
After seeing a severe lack of discussion regarding my disability, I've taken it upon myself to make this carrd! I hope that it can help educate people and promote awareness for DCD.
To start, I'm going to clear up the most common misconception about DCD
DCD is NOT just “being a little clumsy”. While clumsiness is something that comes with it, there are many other things we have to deal with.
Tieing shoelaces, riding a bike, using a knife and fork - these are things that come very easily to most children. For children with DCD, it is quite different. We struggle to co-ordinate, so many simple things are far more difficult for us!
“Just practice” is something that children with DCD often hear- but it isn't that simple. While yes, we can improve at things with practice, it is at a whole much harder. I still can't tie my shoelaces normally to this day (I'm 18)
Of course, as with all disorders, not everyone with DCD will display every symtom. Please proceeed to the next page.
Showing unusual body positions during their first year
Difficulty playing with toys that involve co-ordination(EG stacking bricks)
Difficulty learning to use cutlery
Difficulty with playground activities such as jumping, running, catching, hopping, kicking a ball
Walking up and down stairs
Writing, drawinf, using scissors
Getting dressed, tying shoelaces, doing up buttons
Children with DCD may appear awkward and clumsy. They may drop things, bump into things, and often fall over.
Note-Clumsiness in itself is NOT necessarily a sign of DCD. Many children who appear clumsy still have the normal motor skills for their age.
Some children with DCD may be less fit than others due to their poor performance in sport , which may lead to them being reluctant to exercise.
As mentioned before, DCD does not only affect co-ordination and movement
Here are some other problems that children with DCD may experience-
Difficulty concentrating-poor attention span, struggle to focus on one thing for more than a few minutes
Difficulty following instructions and copying information
Poor organisation skills
Slow to pick up new skills-require repetition and encouragement in order to learn
Difficulty making friends-avoid team games/activities, may be bullied for being “different” or clumsy
Behaviour problems-often stem from frustration related to symptoms
Low self esteem
A less common symptom is difficulty co-ordinating the movement patterns required to produce clear speech.
DCD often co-occurs with other conditions, such as ADHD, Autism and Dysgraphia, as well as with mental health conditions such as Anxiety.