Toward a narrower, more pragmatic view of developmental dyspraxia

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Apraxia traditionally refers to impaired ability to carry out skilled movements in the absence of fundamental sensorimotor, language, or general cognitive impairment sufficient to preclude them. The child neurology literature includes a much broader and varied usage of the term developmental dyspraxia. It has been used to describe a wide range of motor symptoms, including clumsiness and general coordination difficulties, in various developmental disorders (including autistic spectrum disorders, developmental language disorders, and perinatal stroke). We argue for the need to restrict use of the term developmental dyspraxia to describe impaired performance of skilled gestures, recognizing that, unlike acquired adult-onset apraxia, coexisting sensory and motor problems can also be present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-81
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Autistic disorder
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Developmental language disorders
  • Dyspraxia
  • Ideomotor apraxia
  • Limb-kinetic apraxia
  • Motor skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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