Symptoms of dyspraxia include high levels of motor activity, high excitability, awkward movement, lack of imaginative play and poor fine motor skills, according to Dyspraxia Foundation USA. Children with dyspraxia may have limited concentration and prefer the company of adults.
Early indications of dyspraxia include irritability from birth, sensitivity to loud noises, delayed toilet training and repetitive behaviors, as stated by Dyspraxia Foundation USA. Children may have trouble establishing a sleeping routine, and they may avoid construction toys, such as jigsaw puzzles. Delayed language development may occur, with single words only becoming discernible by age 3. Constant movement of the arms or legs, frequent outbursts and a delay of early motor development are also characteristic of dyspraxia.
Children with dyspraxia may engage in frequent hand clapping or hand twisting, and they often have trouble concentrating on a task for more than two to three minutes or staying in one place for more than five minutes, according to Dyspraxia Foundation USA. Sufferers may have a lack of ground awareness, leading to jumping from inappropriate heights or difficulty pedaling a tricycle. Messy eating is another common symptom as sufferers may spill drinks often and use hands to eat rather than utensils. They may have difficulty comprehending instructions, have a slower response time and have difficulty using pencils and scissors.