What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty related to the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. It is associated with difficulties in movement, perception, language, thought processes, planning and organisation.

It is thought that dyspraxia affects about ten percent of the population and is due to an immaturity in the development of neurons rather than brain damage.

Dyspraxia may overlap and co-exist with other conditions such as dyslexia, autism and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the same person.

Dyspraxia signs

People with dyspraxia may experience some or all of the following:

  • Clumsy movement and poor balance
  • Poor co-ordination of the two sides of the body
  • Poor hand-to-eye coordination
  • Difficulties with orientation and following directions
  • Lack of rhythm
  • Poor memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Over or under sensitivity to sound, touch or light
  • Low self-esteem and increased levels of stress

What to do if you think you may be dyspraxic

Make an appointment to see a disability adviser for a simple screening. If the adviser thinks you may be dyspraxic they will recommend a full diagnostic assessment with an educational psychologist. This can be arranged at the University. The appropriate support can then be organised for you.

Contact us

Tel: 01326 370460
Email: accessibility@fxplus.ac.uk

Sophie Atherton
Accessibility Adviser, Penryn Campus

Kim Collett
Accessibility Adviser, Penryn Campus

Amy Harris
Accessibility Advisor, Penryn Campus

Mel Dove
Accessibility Adviser, Falmouth Campus

Julie Rae
Wellbeing Caseworker/Mental Health Adviser

Susanna Pope
Wellbeing Project Worker