DYSPRAXIA STATS and OTHER FACTS
Over time I have found a number of dyspraxia stats and other facts that I thought would make a great addition to this site. While the facts aren’t as important as the condition itself I hope it makes for interesting reading.
10% of the UK population have Dyspraxia
2% of those 10% suffer with it severely.
(So to put it simple- For every 1000 people: 100 will have some degree of Dyspraxia and 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 more closer to 2 times.
5% of children in the UK have Dyspraxia
Professionals think that there is at least 1 Dyspraxic child in every classroom- whether 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.
Dyspraxia, in theory, has been known for about 100 years!
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
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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.
The word ‘Dyspraxia’ comes from the Greek words:
dys- meaning ‘difficulty’ and -praxis meaning ‘control of movement’.
- 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, 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.)