DYSPRAXIA STATS and OTHER FACTS
Over time, I have collected several dyspraxia stats and other little facts that I thought would make a great addition to this site. The stats and facts on this page aren’t as important as the condition itself, but I hope it makes for interesting reading. Stats, especially ones around dyspraxia, are only there to serve as a guideline. Moreso, with dyspraxia these stats helps it feel more tangible in the real world. With awareness and diagnosing improving with time, these stats will probably change overtime too. I’ll do my best to keep up with current information and update this page to suit. Nevertheless, take this page as educated estimations.
10% of the UK population have Dyspraxia.
2% of those 10% suffer with it severely.
(To put it in basic maths; for every 1000 people: 100 will have some degree of Dyspraxia. Of those 100, 2 will have it severe.)
Dyspraxia is 4x more likely to occur in males than females, however recent studies show it’s actually closer to 2x.
5% of children in the UK have Dyspraxia
Professionals think that there is at least 1 Dyspraxic child in every classroom; however if they are diagnosed or not is another matter altogether.
Dyspraxia on Mother’s side? 37% chance of it being passed down
Dyspraxia on Father’s side? 60% chance of it being passed down
Which means that mathematically there is an 82% chance of it being passed down if both parents have dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia is identified/picked up mostly between the ages of 7 and 10, however, due to the age of dyspraxia’s discovery some people in their 30s and above are only being diagnosed now. For the newer generations, we are lucky that dyspraxia has had a chance to become more known.
There’s roughlya 50% chance that if you have dyspraxia you have another condition as well (such as dyslexia, autism, etc.). This is probably due to how wide of a scope dyspraxia has. Furthermore, this is also why dyspraxia can be difficult to pick up in an individual.
Dyspraxia, in theory, has been known for about 100 years!
FACTS and MYTHBUSTING
Video games have been proven to help those with Dyspraxia! Click here for a page about it!
Dyspraxia is not contagious.
Dyspraxia is not curable.
It is currently unknown what causes dyspraxia
THE OTHER NAMES
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There are different names for Dyspraxia, some more used than others, some no longer in use (and for good reason!) and some for being slightly different definition to Dyspraxia, but very similar in practice.
Dyspraxia’s word origins
The word ‘Dyspraxia’ comes from the following Greek words:
‘dys‘ meaning difficulty and ‘praxis‘ meaning control of movement.
(Of course, dyspraxia is more than a difficulty in control of movement but at least the nameissomewhat rememberable.)
- Clumsy Child Syndrome [Used from 1975-1989] (Now no longer used now! Obviously it was a negative name to label someone with and technically incorrect.)
- Developmental Apraxia
- Developmental Awkwardness,
- Disorder of Attention and Motor Perception (DAMP)
- Disorder of Sensory Integration  (No longer in use)
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) – a subtly different condition by definition, however in practice, very similar. It’s an acceptable name to use along with Dyspraxia.
- Hidden Handicap* (More of a title/statement than a label but it is referred to as this. However, I’m sure most would agree with me, it’s a very negative label to have and it should be for reference only)
- Minimal Brain Dysfunction
- Minimal Brain Damage (No longer used)
- Motor Learning Difficulties
- Motor Sequencing Disorder
- Perceptuo-Motor Dysfunction
- Sensorimotor Dysfunction
- Specific Developmental Disorder of Motor Function (‘World Health Organisation’ description)
*(Side note: What makes Dyspraxia have a title of ‘Hidden Handicap’ is because the Dyspraxia is not clearly visible from the outside. It’s deep within our psyche that lays a gremlin.)
End of Factfile
Dyspraxia is a reallyinteresting subject, at least to me anyway! It’s interesting to discover the different ways dyspraxia has an impact on the world as well as an impact on an individual. The stats and facts sourrounding dyspraxia help to ground it in our world and give it context. Furthermore, the more we learn and understand about all elementsof dyspraxiathe easier it’ll be to finally get the recgnonition and acceptance. Many thanks for reading this sidetrack page and hope the information has been useful to you. Please by all means help expand this page of knowledge by letting me know anyt missing information or facts that need updating.
5 thoughts on “Dyspraxia Stats and Facts”
I wouldn’t normally post a comment on anything like this because I usually struggle with the stigma in my head.
But I am an 18 year old girl and only found out that I had dyspraxia a couple of months ago. I have struggled a lot with getting a diagnoses for it because it was so unheard. It was always put down to dyslexic tendencies. The pasted 3 years after I have left high school I quit every course that I applied for because I knew that I was going to fail in some way. Although I stand by the fact that I am very intelligent with being sociable. I always have been told that I will never really amount to anything because I was deemed as ‘Lazy, stupid, rude’. This is not the case at all, I genuinely get intrested in a topic and when in a debate about it all I’ll get confused and really angry. Due to have been being dyspraxic being undiagnosed for a long time I think it has been linked in with my depression and anxiety. The harest part of dyspraxia for me is my speech, I stutter a lot and get my words muddled up even and I just get upset with myself. When I got told that I had it the women had a softened facial expression when she mentioned my dyslexia but as soon as I came up with dyspraxia I got written off completely. I have never met anyone else who has it, but I feel comfortable to truly explore, learn and embrace it.
I am currently doing passing a mental health course with flying colours! I found that once I found all this information out that I looked at my course work completely different and I’m somewhat proud to have this in my dyspraxia.
I found this facts page very interesting – Thank you!
Hi there Pip!
I’m glad you found the facts page interesting, and see that you have had a harsh start to life. I say keep up your amazing hard work and if you have any questions or help then I don’t mind answering or you can contact the Dyspraxia Foundation who will be able to give you support and guidance where needed!
I’m so glad I found your site. My son(5) has a diagnosis of dyspraxia and I am trying to see how I can help him, ensure he gets the appropriate support at school etc. He is so funny, caring and warm, it’s great to see the positives of dyspraxia noted. He has always avoided any drawing/writing activity and lives for computer games (which are highly restricted at home, otherwise he wouldn’t do anything else), I was interested to see that video games can help with dyspraxia. That would be a win-win for us. Please could you let me know where you found this info so I can follow it up.
Hi there, glad you found this all right and I apologise for the delay (too much spam e-mail!. I can say that most info has been collected from my own experience and knowledge, the Dyspraxia Foundation, plus bits and pieces I have picked up from word of mouth and google searches. If you have any further questions I will be willing to answer
If you have any quirky facts, figures or statistics then please feel free to post below!