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Dyspraxia in a 9 year old please help

suffolkmum87 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited December 2018 in Education
hi all I’m a mum to a 9 year old whom I’m sure has dyspraxia, I have always hated the thought of labelling a child with such things adhd etc so maybe why I have always swept his symptoms under the carpet until now, he will be in high school in a year and half and I’m worrying.

He has always been forgetful, away with the fairy’s I call it , unable to manage his distractions ever , he used to be very clumsy always banging his feet, tripping up things however this has improved with his love of football which he has dedicated himself to the last 2-3 years almost obsessively.

Tomight was another parents evening which as always was like the others where I left feeling deflated and on my own, they say his organisation of his belongings in class is dreadful stuff here and there unable too keep together or in correct place and has to be constantly reminded which is how he is at home I constantly have to step by step give instructions of his day to day life get dressed, brush teeth etc 

They say he sits never asks for help and is quite quiet so can get lost among the class and not do much work nor ask for help , this has been the case on every parents evening, 

his handwriting is always joined up and up and I find it very hard to understand although he can create some good pieces if it’s of interest to him topically.

maths is. Huge problem he struggles and always has.

he basically does not do much at school unless it’s of interest to him then he can do a great piece but he loves football but got bad reviews on that as apparently he gets far too passionate and emotional during games with his peers.

he never listens to me or I have to do step by step instructions like take your washing up , pack it away and then bring any dirty washing down he will forget second and third instruction and ask me what they were.

what do I do and where can we go from here I want to help him please any advice will help thank you x


  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,793 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @suffolkmum87, and a warm welcome to the community!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, and I'm sorry to hear about your concerns. It's clear to see that you want the best for your son, and you're among other parents and carers who understand here on the community.

    The NHS page on dyspraxia has some further information on the diagnosis process, which suggests talking to your GP as the first step. Is this something you're able to do? Please do keep us updated and we'll advise where we can.
    Talk to your GP, health visitor or special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) if you think your child has developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD).
    They may refer your child to another professional who can help arrange an assessment.
    This could be:
    • a paediatrician – a doctor specialising in the care of children and babies, who will usually be based in your local community (community paediatrician)
    • a paediatric occupational therapist – a healthcare professional who can assess a child's functional abilities in daily living activities, such as handling cutlery and getting dressed
    • a paediatric physiotherapist – a healthcare professional who can assess a child's movement (motor) skills
    • a clinical psychologist or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services clinician – a healthcare professional who specialises in the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions to deal with emotional problems
    • an educational psychologist – a professional who assists children who are having difficulty progressing with their education as a result of emotional, psychological or behavioural factors
  • dolfrog
    dolfrog Member Posts: 441 Pioneering
    Some of the issues you have been describing seem like an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) a listening disability, or having problems processing what the ears hear. This can cause problems following conversations, and problems following multiple verbal instructions.
    Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), formally called dyspraxia, can sometimes be comorbid with the ADHD, especially ADD, and some Sensory Processing Disorders


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