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What are some issues with dyspraxia in the classroom?

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Children with dyspraxia may choose not to participate in classroom discussions because they feel uncomfortable, may not interact with other students and may have difficulty understanding and answering questions. They may also suffer from self-esteem issues and be self-conscious, and because of the problems they have with motor coordination and communication, they may be targets for bullies.

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Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder that affects people's speech, language processing and motor skills, and it affects about 5 percent of the population. Children with dyspraxia may have learning disabilities, and their ability to speak or process language is often compromised. They may have problems with motor skills, coordination, balance and the ability to manipulate objects. Children with dyspraxia may have difficulty with hearing and following simple directions in the classroom, and may have a lack of short term memory. Even when children with dyspraxia know the answers to questions, they may not be able to articulate them properly.

Cases of dyspraxia range from mild to severe, and the condition affects boys more often than girls. While doctors do not know what causes dyspraxia, as of 2015, they believe it to be a neurological condition that is present at birth. Children born with the condition may show early signs, such as not reaching the same developmental milestones as other children. As they get older, children's symptoms may respond to speech, occupational and physical therapies, as well as special education services.

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