What are Dyslexia & Dyspraxia
Dyslexia is characterised by specific problems in learning to read and write due to subtle problems in visual perception. Problems with arithmetic and reading musical notation are also common, as are poor working memory, difficulties with the sounds of words, and a poor sense of direction. Dyslexia affects around 5 per cent of the population in a severe form, though many more when milder forms are also included.
Dyspraxia is less well known, but its prevalence is similar to that of dyslexia. It is characterised by clumsiness and difficulties in carrying out complex, sequenced actions. Poor coordination results in difficulties with acts such as catching a ball, tying up shoelaces or doing up buttons, but more seriously results in extremely poor handwriting and difficulties with organisation, attention and concentration.
There are substantial clinical overlaps between dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and learning difficulties. While a minority of children are purely dyslexic, more often the individual will show features of two or three of these conditions in differing degrees of severity.
What causes Dyslexia and Dyspraxia?
The causes for dyslexia and dyspraxia are not entirely clear. It is likely that genetic factors play a part in the development of these conditions. Other factors may include an imbalance in the supply of glucose to the brain. The most important nutrient for the brain is glucose- the fuel it runs on and in order for our brains to work effectively we need a steady supply of glucose. Any imbalance in the supply of glucose to the brain results in a range of symptoms including, poor concentration, forgetfulness and learning difficulties. In addition lack of essential fats and allergies may be implicated
What you can do to improve the symptoms of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia