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Dyspraxia

People who have dyspraxia often find routine tasks such as driving, writing, cooking and grooming difficult. They may have a combination of problems, including poor balance, posture, hand-eye coordination and manipulative skills; over- or under-sensitivity to smell, taste, temperature, touch and pain; poor memory and inability to distinguish sounds from background noise.
 
In 2004 occupational therapists from Solihull Primary Care Trust received a Children's Fund grant to produce a leaflet that was written by young people with coordination difficulties for other children like themselves. A series of activity-based focus groups for children from 8-13 years was carried out and the information gathered was used to develop the leaflet using the children's own words and ideas.
 
The children talk about what life is like for them at home, at school and at play – the things they find tricky and things they like doing. They also describe their own ways of getting round problems.