Dyspraxia is a lifelong learning disability that causes problems with coordination and movement.
Despite affecting a child’s ability to write, play sports and even articulate thoughts, the disability has been generally overlooked by schools in the UAE.
They are able to be an active part of a team or group as long as they are given a bit of extra time to practise lessons and activities."Dr Madeleine Portwood, a specialist in educational psychology who works with Ebdaah in Dubai, estimates the prevalence of dyspraxia in the population is between 6 to 10 per cent.
While children with the disability are typically thought of as being uncoordinated, there are other issues such as sensory problems.
Children may be sensitive to touch, and even a tag in the clothes or a change in washing powder can cause a distraction. The longer it goes undiagnosed, the more probability of problematic outcomes, she said.