- Poor balance.
- Poor posture.
- Poor awareness of body position in space.
- Poor sense of direction.
- Difficulties with vision.
- Poor fine and gross motor skills; for example, difficulties with throwing and catching a ball, skipping, or riding a bike.
- Sensitive to touch; even a label in a t-shirt may itch. Finds some clothes uncomfortable.
- Upset when having hair or teeth brushed, or nails and hair cut.
- Clumsy; falls often or bump into things.
- Difficulty with reading, writing, speech.
- Confusion with regards to right and left, for instance which hand to use.
- Slow to learn to dress themselves.
- Poor social skills.
- Emotionally immature.
- Easily frightened, impatient.
A great deal of the above overlaps with what you would encounter in a child with dyslexia, autism and ADD. Dyspraxia is a global term for difficulties related to language production and perception. The jury is still out on what causes dyspraxia but an auditory processing disorder is most likely a major factor.
Fortunately something can be done with all of the above symptoms. Not just through Listening training, but also via speech therapy, and working with a good occupational therapist or a body-oriented therapist. And last but not least by joining forces with the school if they have time and resources to support your child.
What’s at stake:
Generally the neurons that process sound have about a thirty milliseconds rest before it’s ready to fire again. Eighty percent of language-impaired children take at least three times that long, which means that they lose a lot of information, since the signals aren’t clear for them. Often, they cannot hear the beginning of a syllable, or the sound change within the syllable.
Improper hearing leads to weaknesses in all the language tasks, from vocabulary, to reading, writing and comprehension.