diagnosis & treatment

greencircle_60pxDiagnosing Dyspraxia

In the United States, Dyspraxia is assessed through a neuropsychological evaluation.

Typically, your family physician or medical specialist will refer you to another medical professional such as a psychologist or a neuropsychologist for evaluation.

The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to see how your brain is functioning. The evaluation may include an interview with the neuropsychologist to discuss your concerns, pencil and paper assessments, and/or computer exercises. These evaluations help doctors understand what difficulties you may have, rule out other illnesses and disorders, and recommend the types of treatment that could help you overcome challenges and improve your quality of life.

Below are examples of the types of assessments, or tests, you may be asked to complete:

  • Cognition (your ability to think, understand, learn, solve problems and make decisions)
  • Memory
  • Perception (how well you take in what you see or read)
  • Verbal communication
  • Motor (walking, coordination, etc)

Once the tests are done, results are calculated and scored compared to others in the same age, education, sex and gender groups. The neuropsychologist will go over the results and write a report. It will include a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment, if any is needed.

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diagnosis & treatment

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greencircle_60pxDiagnosing Dyspraxia

In the United States, Dyspraxia is assessed through a neuropsychological evaluation.

Typically, your family physician or medical specialist will refer you to another medical professional such as a psychologist or a neuropsychologist for evaluation.

The goal of a neuropsychological evaluation is to see how your brain is functioning. The evaluation may include an interview with the neuropsychologist to discuss your concerns, pencil and paper assessments, and/or computer exercises. These evaluations help doctors understand what difficulties you may have, rule out other illnesses and disorders, and recommend the types of treatment that could help you overcome challenges and improve your quality of life.

Below are examples of the types of assessments, or tests, you may be asked to complete:

  • Cognition (your ability to think, understand, learn, solve problems and make decisions)
  • Memory
  • Perception (how well you take in what you see or read)
  • Verbal communication
  • Motor (walking, coordination, etc)

Once the tests are done, results are calculated and scored compared to others in the same age, education, sex and gender groups. The neuropsychologist will go over the results and write a report. It will include a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment, if any is needed.

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dot_peachTreatments for Dyspraxia

There is no cure for Dyspraxia. The best way to help an individual with Dyspraxia is to support their individual needs.

The use of therapies to treat an individual’s symptoms may include:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Eye Vision Therapy
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
teen-driver

dot_peachTreatments for Dyspraxia

The best way to help an individual with Dyspraxia is to support their individual needs.

There is no cure for Dyspraxia. The use of therapies to treat an individual’s symptoms may include:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Eye Vision Therapy
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

dot_grayMasquerading disorders

The challenge to diagnosing Dyspraxia is that there are overlapping, co-existing, and masquerading disorders.

Look-A-Like disorders may include:

  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Other Muscle Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Nerve Disorders/Neuropathies
  • Mild Cerebral Palsy
  • Neurometabolic Conditions
  • Neurodegenerative Conditions
  • Specific Neurogenetic Conditions
  • Diseases of the Cerebellum
  • Developmental Gerstmann Syndrome
  • Primary Sensory Deficits
  • Landau Kleffner Syndrome
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