Question from a reader, about global apraxia:
Q. “I am a grandmother whose 2nd grandchild (probably) has verbal apraxia. He is 2 1/2 and the
therapist said he was too young to diagnose. He also has mouth issues. He loves to put bark (from flower beds) in his mouth. He is a joy in my life and loves animals and the outdoors. I am trying to learn all I can about the condition. He is in speech and OT therapy. What is global apraxia?”
A. From Apraxia-Kids.org under Other Disorders:
“This diagnosis is sometimes referred to as Clumsy Child Syndrome or to confuse matters more Developmental Dyspraxia (global apraxia). Basically, DCD or Dyspraxia refers to an overall motor incoordination. Children have difficulty planning gross motor movements, organizing their bodies in space and appear awkward and clumsy.”.
The term “global apraxia” is being used interchangeably by families to describe children who have Developmental Dyspraxia, or Developmental Coordination Disorder. Our son was greatly helped by Occupational Therapy for increasing strength and coordination.