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Adult Dyspraxia – An Overview

Clumsiness, lack of coordination, unsatisfactory cognitive abilities, and sudden and irrational emotional and behavioral outbursts are some of the symptoms Adult Dyspraxia. Grown up people suffering from this condition find it difficult to perform and achieve daily life activities like dressing up, grooming, cooking, or managing simple house hold chores.

What Causes Adult Dyspraxia?
It can be caused by brain injuries, lack of development of neurons or cells in the nervous system, brain damage, or lack of proper oxygen supply at the time of birth. Other reasons could be stroke, illness, or head injury during an accident.

What Are The Symptoms Of Development Co-ordination Disorder:
It is a disorder that stays with the person for life long, but early diagnosis in childhood can help a person overcome many of the shortcomings. The skills to perform everyday simple or complex tasks are very difficult for the patients, and interfere with a smooth flow of life.

  • A dyspraxic finds it hard to achieve every day activities like dressing up, tying shoe laces, grooming, combing hair etc.
  • He finds it tedious and laborious to perform all those skills that involve both the hands like eating with fork, using cutlery, dish washing etc.
  • Walking style is very awkward, as they find it difficult to balance the body and have less sense of ground and usually bump into walls, things, and people.
  • Due to their weak muscles they find it hard to stand for lengthy times.
  • Their sense of balance is poor and hence riding a bicycle, walking up or down the stairs, or hills is not easy.
  • Driving is not easy for them.
  • Games, and activities that require them to co-ordinate hand and eye is not easy. For instance bowling, batting, etc.
  • It is problematic for them to keep track of moving objects.
  • Faces problem when they shift their eye from one object to another object.
  • They cannot multitask and can focus on only one thing at a time.
  • They speak fast in a very high pitch and repeat the words.
  • Their grasping power is weak and hence it is troublesome for them to hold pen, pencil, or to do any craft work.
  • They do not like anyone touching them. They are averse to it.
  • They are over sensitive to sound.
  • Their sense of direction, light, and speed is weak too.
  • Their attention is short and cannot focus on a thing for long.
  • They get easily frustrated, leave tasks unfinished, and avoid difficult targets.
  • Their emotional outbursts are erratic.
  • They are emotionally impulsive and very hard to please.
  • They are not good team players and find it troublesome to adjust to new situations, places, and people.

This is a brief outline of what adult dyspraxia is. If you notice these symptoms in any person around you then it is advisable to take them to a therapist for further diagnosis and treatment.

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