Dyspraxia is a motor and cognitive condition. It affects fine motor skills (handwriting, doing up buttons) and gross motor skills (walking, driving), as well as motor planning and coordination.  

It also affects cognitive (information processing and memory retention) skills.  It is not related to intelligence.  

Dyspraxia is now termed as DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder), previously it was classified as clumsy-child-syndrome.  Most people prefer the term dyspraxic

It is thought that between 1 in 10 and 1 in 4 people have dyspraxia

A diagnosis is available through the NHS although waiting lists can be long.  You could be referred to a psychologist or therapist for diagnosis

Features of dyspraxia


  • High emotional intelligence
  • Unique problem solving skills
  • Creative
  • Critical thinking
  • Determination


  • Learning, processing and remembering new information
  • Coordination, balance and movement
  • Personal presentation
  • Time management
  • Ability to type or write

Dyspraxia - Reasonable Adjustments

Examples of where key reasonable adjustments can be made are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list and not everything will be applicable to everyone.

  • In meetings and discussion
  • Written materials (including documents, signage and publicity)
  • In training or any learning environment
  • Office general and day to day
  • Devices
  • Software
  • Specialist stationary
  • Hardware
  • Workflow and assignments
  • Adjustments to deadlines
  • Annual Assessments
  • Workplace environment including flexible working

If you have any concerns or want to find out more please contact your TSSA rep or the TSSA Helpdesk.

Want to find out more about dyspraxia - here's the best place to start.

Dyspraxia Foundation

Tedx talk on dyspraxia

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