Symptoms of Dyspraxia
Before 3 years of age
Babies may often show initial symptoms such as irritability, feeding problems etc. They may be slow developmentally.
There may be avoidance of motor activities like crawling or rolling on their backs.
The child takes longer than other children to roll over, sit, crawl, stand, walk, and speak or toilet train.
Preschool children between 3 and 5 years
These children typically avoid playgrounds and peers. They are unable to hop, jump, run and catch or kick a ball due to lack of coordination.
There may be some characteristic high levels of activity. This includes feet swinging and tapping, hand-clapping or twisting etc. The child is unable to sit still.
This may be accompanied by high excitability, with a loud/shrill voice, proneness to temper tantrums and distress, constantly bumping into things and falling over, hand flapping on running, difficulty with a tricycle, lack of sense of danger, messy eating etc.
These children avoid constructional toys like jigsaw puzzles and building blocks and may have difficulty in holding fine things between fingers like pencils, scissors etc.
There may be lack of creative or imaginative play, rejection from peers and isolation.
Other notable problems are lack of establishment of handedness, language difficulties, sensitivity to sensory stimulation like noise, touch etc., lack of response to verbal instruction, lack of comprehension and concentration required to finish a task at hand.
They may find it hard to walk up and down stairs and language may be immature or ill-developed.