Who We Can Help Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is motor planning difficulty of the brain. Because of the immaturity of the motor cortex part of the brain, it prevents messages from being properly transmitted to the body. Difficulties in our fine and gross motor skills and coordination can be linked to failures of our vestibular system (an organ in our inner ear).

The Tomatis® Method is an educational program directly affecting the connections between the ear, the body, and the brain to provide the necessary commands to the body. It promotes deep and rhythmic sound transmission on the vestibule creating a positive effect on the brain and the motor functions even in producing sounds. As a result, the Tomatis® Method can effectively intervene on difficulties with rhythm and coordination, speech, and executive functioning.

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What is Dyspraxia?

Each part of the body works together to perform daily tasks efficiently. From getting out of bed to doing writing tasks in school or at work, all of these activities demand a successful integration or coordination of different functions from different faculties.

Without coordination, individuals may not be able to do and accomplish daily tasks harmoniously. This lack of coordination is commonly known as Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Dyspraxia primarily affects balance, body movement and fine and gross motor skills. Motor skills are the actions involving the brain, the nervous system, and the muscles in the body.

Fine motor skills are the small movements such as holding a pen or spoon and fork, picking up objects, and other uses of small muscles (i.e. fingers, wrists, lips, tongue, and toes). Gross motor skills, in contrast, are the bigger movements such as sitting upright, rolling over, and other uses of large muscles in the legs, arms, torso, and feet.

Young people with dyspraxia often have difficulties on both educational (i.e. writing, reading) and recreational (i.e. playing with toys, body movement tasks) activities. Upon reaching adulthood, many of the difficulties will persist depending on the environmental pressures and life experiences. Overall, it can affect participation and function in their day-to-day life.

Similar to other developmental delays, the exact causes of dyspraxia are unknown. Dyspraxia involves the brain, the central nervous system and the body which are all complex process of their own and all together.

However, there are several factors associated with this difficulty such as the immaturity of the brain development particularly on its motor neurons not functioning properly and exposure to chemical agents during prenatal life causing the dysfunction of the development. Here are the other risk factors of developing dyspraxia:

  1. Premature birth
  2. Low birth weight
  3. Genetic / Heredity
  4. Alcohol and drug abuse of mom while pregnant

A child can be diagnosed with a developmental issue when they do not exhibit developmental “milestones”. Here are the most common warning signs of dyspraxia in:


  1. Prefers eating with hands
  2. Irritability
  3. May not sit upright independently
  4. Prefers to ‘bottom shuffle’ instead of crawling
  5. Inability to play basic activities (i.e. ball, bicycle, construction toys and puzzles)
  6. Inability to form and express single words
  7. Avoid tasks

Preschool Age:

  1. Hyperactivity including feet swinging, tapping while seating, clapping, often noisy
  2. Bumping into people and things
  3. Lack of / limited abstract thinking (i.e. not interested with pretend play)
  4. Isolation
  5. Awkward grip on writing tools
  6. Difficulty working on zippers, shoe laces, buttons, etc.
  7. Trouble playing and interacting with other kids
  8. Persistent language difficulties
  9. Limited / Lack of concentration resulting to unfinished tasks

The aforementioned warning signs above can be persistent throughout grade school, middle school, and high school. If left untreated, they might find difficulty in routine tasks of daily life such as cooking, driving, grooming, and other household chores once they reach adulthood. Generally, they would have:

  1. Poor balance
  2. Poor hand-eye coordination
  3. Lack of rhythm
  4. Falls, trips, and bumps into things and people often
  5. Poor sensory integration
  6. Poor manipulative skills (i.e. handwriting, typing, and drawing)
  7. Awkward grasp
  8. Difficulty with grooming, dressing, putting on makeup, tying shoelaces, etc.
  9. May talk continuously and repetitively
  10. Poor relocation (i.e. moving objects smoothly with eyes)

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