Adult Dyspraxia

Being an adult with dyspraxia

Dyspraxia in adults is suspected to effect up to eight percent of the population and being diagnosed as such will allow for strategies and treatments to be implemented, with the key focus to improve the organisation of movement. Dyspraxia can affect daily life in areas such as driving, cooking, grooming and household chores and work. Adults with dyspraxia can suffer from difficulties with the following:


Gross Motor Skills (Large Movements)

Poor balance

Difficulty standing for long periods of time due to weak muscle tone

Poor integration of both sides of the body, seen in sports such as cycling

Poor hand eye-coordination, an adult with dyspraxia can have trouble with driving a car

Lack of rhythm

Clumsy manner and movement, resulting in opting out of sports

Accessory movements such as arms flailing when running


Fine Motor Skills (Small Movements)

Difficulties applying makeup, buttoning up clothing or other grooming and dressing activities

Difficulties using tools or keys due to insufficient grasp

Poor at tasks that require the use of both hands i.e. using cutlery or cooking/cleaning, which is due to a lack of manual dexterity


Alternate dominant hand depending upon tasks, due to poorly established hand dominance


Speech and Language

Uncontrolled volume, rate and pitch of speech

Unable to pronounce some words efficiently

Unconsciously repeat themselves and talk continually


Perception (How an Adult Understands their Different Senses, i.e. eyesight)

Poor visual perception

Overly sensitive to light

Over-sensitive to noise and unable to distinguish a sound from background noise

Under/Over-sensitive to temperature, pain, smell and taste.

Poor spatial awareness, a characteristic of dyspraxia, can result in stumbling into things/people and also spilling and dropping things


Learning, Thought and Memory

Difficulty organising and planning thought

Slow to finish tasks and can daydream and wander aimlessly

Difficulties with accuracy, i.e. copying sounds and writing

Struggle to follow more than one instruction at a time

Poor sequencing causes problems with maths, reading and spelling and writing reports at work, which can restrict careers choices, opting for repetitive style occupation


Emotion and Behaviours

Problems working as part of team due to interrupting and difficulty listening to people in large groups

Can be erratic, having ‘good days’ and ‘bad days’

Easily frustrated and impulsive

Tendency to opt out of things that are ‘too difficult’

Can be tactless, finding it difficult to pick up non-verbal signals or tone of voice in themselves or others

Slow to adapt

Tendency to take things literally

Who is affected?
Dyspraxia is more common in adult males, and often runs in families.
It is not known what causes dyspraxia, but some children born prematurely have a higher risk of having dyspraxia.
People with dyspraxia may also have other related conditions, such as:

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


autism spectrum disorder

speech and language impairments

difficulty learning or poor understanding maths (dyscalculia)

If you feel that you are an adult whom exhibits these difficulties, i.e. poor visual perception, poor grip or poor manual dexterity (use of both hands at once) or if you are/care for an adult that has recently (or in the past) been diagnosed with dyspraxia then please do not hesitate to contact us at Future Steps Consultancy. You can do this by calling us 01325 254 688 or emailing us at Alternatively you can click here and open our referral form which you can fill in and either email to us or post it to us using the address at the bottom of the page.

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