I think my child has Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder

Children who experience difficulties with fine motor tasks such as fastening buttons, handwriting or tying shoelaces, and gross motor tasks such as catching a ball and riding a bike, may have an underlying movement difficulty such as Dyspraxia. Dyspraxia is also known as Development Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Other common difficulties include poor organisation and time management skills and difficulties with attention and concentration.

We carry out assessments that support the community paediatricians when investigating a DCD diagnosis. We also provide strategies to help manage this condition.

If you are concerned that your child may have DCD, you can submit a referral to the Children's Occupational Therapy Service. See our referral process for more information.

You may also find it useful to read through the handouts below. They contain advice and strategies to support specific areas of need:

Further information