Dyspraxia, also known as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), is a common disorder that affects your movement and co-ordination.
Dyspraxia does not affect your intelligence, but it may make daily life more difficult for you. It can affect your co-ordination skills – such as tasks requiring balance, playing sports or learning to drive a car – and your fine motor skills, such as writing or using small objects.
This page focuses on dyspraxia in adults. You can also read about childhood dyspraxia.
Symptoms of dyspraxia can vary between individuals and may change over time. You may find routine tasks difficult, and coping at work may be hard.
If you have dyspraxia you may have problems with:
See your GP if you think you may have undiagnosed dyspraxia or problems with your co-ordination. It's a good idea to keep a diary of your symptoms.
If you have dyspraxia, you may also have other conditions, such as:
Dyspraxia is more common in men and often runs in families.
It is not known what causes dyspraxia, but you may be at a higher risk of developing it if you were born prematurely.
Although there is no cure for dyspraxia, there are therapies that can help you cope with your condition and be successful in your studies, work and home life, such as:
It may also help if you:
Dyspraxia can have a big effect on your life, but support is available to help you manage your condition and have the best possible quality of living.
It might help to speak to others who have the same condition or to connect with a charity.
You may find the following links useful: