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Definition of Dyspraxia

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Dyspraxia: According to the Dyspraxia Foundation, dyspraxia is an impairment of the organization of movement. It effects the way that the brain processes information resulting in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. The term dyspraxia comes from the word praxis, which means 'doing, acting.' Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought.

Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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