Dyspraxia treatment

There are many neurological disorders that can be faced by you or members of your family. One of the least often discussed is a disorder called dyspraxia. Dyspraxia usually affects children, and it is not always something they can grow out of. A motor coordination disorder, dyspraxia makes it difficult for a child or an adult to plan out their movements—to the point where it is even difficult to think about them. In addition, the dyspraxia sufferer will also have trouble executing movements. He or she may bump into walls, have difficulty walking and holding everyday objects like handles, cups and utensils.

Dyspraxia goes even further by creating a breeding ground for odd phobias in the mind of the sufferer. Additionally, they may be prone to obsessive compulsive disorder and may find clothing uncomfortable. Their motor skills will continue to get worse as they age and they may find their social skills lacking. Unfortunately, those with dyspraxia are not generally able to live a normal and functional life, although they can still enjoy a quality life with treatment and patience.

The cause of dyspraxia is not definitively known. There may be an organic disorder of the brain that causes the motor skill impact, or it can be the result of an accident, stroke or even just DNA. Once your chi lhs been diagnosed with dyspraxia, the cause is not necessarily important to ensuring proper dyspraxia treatment.

Dyspraxia Treatment

Dyspraxia does not have a cure—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. Dyspraxia treatment does not involve the use of pills of medications. Treatment for dyspraxia includes meetings with and treatment plans provided by neurologists, pediatricians and speech pathologists when necessary. The child may also need to visit a therapist regularly and will probably be enrolled in special education classes in school. The main motor control issues will most often be treated by a physical therapist who can help the patient learn how to control their muscles, help strengthen the muscles for use and help create a muscle memory that they can recall when they need to repeat the movements.

Children and adults with dyspraxia are not impervious to self esteem issues. They are aware of the differences between them and other people and that can often cause tremendous problems in their ability to relate to and get along with other people. Social anxiety and other disorders are commonly suffered by those with dyspraxia. It is important to work on building self esteem in the patient as well as muscle tone. The self esteem will go far in allowing the patient to try out his or her new skills in public. Self esteem will also help him or her find a way to accept themselves and build a network of friends to enjoy. It is important to remember that communication and reaction problems resulting from dyspraxia are not a reflection of n underlying intelligent issue. Many dyspraxia patients have completely normal intelligence levels, they simply have trouble making their mouths, eyes and faces work the way they want to in order to express their thoughts properly.

If treatment is begun early enough after the symptoms of dyspraxia are noticed, then the child might actually outgrow the disorder. If you notice any symptoms in your child, like vision problems, bad posture, little or no short-term memory, balance problems and difficulty coordinating movements, then make an appointment with your pediatrician immediately. He or she should be able to watch your child’s behavior and determine if an appointment with a neurologist is necessary. An official diagnosis will probably not come until you have met with the neurologist, so do not think that it is a definitive diagnosis if your pediatrician mentions it.

Last updated on Aug 11th, 2010 and filed under Neurological Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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