Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty. Pupils with dyspraxia have problems with motor coordination and often appear clumsy when moving around the classroom. They have perceptual-motor problems and find writing difficult. They may also have pronunciation difficulties, caused by problems in controlling the movements of the mouth and the tongue. Developmental dyspraxia is suspected when it is obvious that the difficulties are not due to a medical condition.
Approximately one child in twenty suffers from this condition, which affects four times as many boys as girls.