Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), motor learning difficulties, perceptual-motor dysfunction

What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a developmental co-ordination disorder which affects movement and physical co-ordination from a young age into adulthood.

It’s more common with young boys than girls and affects their ability to perform day to day tasks, which may make them appear clumsy.

Dyspraxia affects a person’s ability to coordinate movements in general, while apraxia specifically affects the ability to plan and perform purposeful movements.

What causes dyspraxia?

It’s not clear what causes young children to develop difficulties with co-ordination skills.

If the nerves and part of the brain are damaged, for example by concussion or brain injury, this could lead to difficulty with movement and co-ordination.

Some other factors include:

  • Being born prematurely
  • Low weight at birth
  • Genetic factors

Dyspraxia is more common in males and can run in the family.

What are the symptoms of dyspraxia?

Early years symptoms include:

  • Delayed developmental milestones such as crawling, walking and dressing
  • Playing sport
  • Difficulty writing and drawing
  • Keeping still

Affected children may appear to bump into things, drop things and fall over a lot more.

Symptoms in adulthood may appear as:

  • Difficulty learning new skills
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Memory
  • Unable to function in social gatherings
  • Difficulty grasping small objects

Are you affected by dyspraxia?

If you’re affected by dyspraxia, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with dyspraxia, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with dyspraxia from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Looking to talk to someone?

Woman smiling, making eye contact and holding the hand of another woman to comfort her

Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with dyspraxia?

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with dyspraxia? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including dyspraxia, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity’s library has a range of resources on dyspraxia, as well as many other disability related issues.

Visit the library to read:

Or search our library catalogue online here

Support groups

Movement Matters UK

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Are you interested in setting up an dyspraxia support group, or do you already run one? Email activities@thebraincharity.org.uk to let us know.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Other charities

Movement Matters UK