In early childhood, people with dyspraxia may behave awkwardly around others or have difficulty building friendships, Medical News Today states. In later childhood, they may have trouble following instructions or staying organized. Some children display erratic behavior, such as mood swings, or avoid activities requiring physical coordination, such as sports. Dyspraxia causes individuals to struggle with math and writing, and many of their actions are hesitant or slower than what is considered normal.
Adults with dyspraxia often have difficulty engaging courteously with a group, according to Dyspraxia Foundation USA. They may struggle in teams or have poor listening and interpreting skills, making them prone to interrupting or misunderstanding other people. Even when listening carefully, people with dyspraxia may have trouble detecting nonverbal cues and vocal fluctuations, so they may interpret figurative language in a literal way. They often adapt slowly to unexpected changes and become easily frustrated or resistant when faced with challenges.
The stress of coping with dyspraxia symptoms opens the door to other mental, emotional and behavioral problems, such as depression, phobias, low self-esteem, outbursts and addictive behavior, Dyspraxia Foundation USA notes. People with dyspraxia usually have other language, motor and cognitive issues, such as poor hand manipulation, clumsiness, lack of concentration and sensory confusion.