Illustration of a dyspraxic child during construction

What are the types of dyspraxia?

If you want to understand the different types of dyspraxia, this article will be very helpful. We will not only discuss the different categories of dyspraxia, but also the strengths of each type.

The different types of dyspraxia

First, the concept of dyspraxia is broad. Dyspraxia is defined as a developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Second, it is still called Developmental Dyspraxia (DD) and finally a Coordination Acquisition Disorder (CAD).

This categorization of dyspraxia allows us to have the following different types: 

Verbal dyspraxia

In the first case, the child has difficulty articulating words due to poor coordination. Therefore, the child has a language disorder. When you notice this phenomenon, it is recommended that you consult a speech therapist.

Visio-spatial dyspraxia

Among the types of dyspraxia, this is the most common. The child has difficulty recognizing his left from his right or locating objects in space in relation to each other.

He also has trouble counting objects, even though he has good vision. For example, fixing a line to read is very difficult! If your child is in this situation, consult an orthoptist.

Ideatory dyspraxia 

In this case, the child's movements do not follow a chronological order when performing an action. For example, the child has difficulty using or manipulating a tool.

This makes it difficult for him to brush his teeth or even open a box. The occupational therapist is the specialist to turn to for rehabilitation.

Constructive dyspraxia

Illustration of constructive dyspraxia


The child has difficulty building or assembling objects, such as stacking blocks or putting together a puzzle. These are activities that are almost impossible for them to do.

In this case, even if the difficulties remain permanent, the occupational therapist will be able to help your child develop greater motor skills.

We have just learned about the different types of dyspraxia. Now let's look at the strengths that dyspraxia creates in children who suffer from it.  

The strengths of dyspraxia in children

This should be kept in mind. All types of dyspraxia have strengths that should not be overlooked.

Indeed, people living with dyspraxia are often considered as "good talkers". They are "smooth talkers". They are the kind of people who have a strong will to act again, because they are used to repeated failures!

On the other hand, a "dyspraxic child" can maintain his self-esteem and his morale. He is also able to succeed in his studies and even in his professional life!

People with dyspraxia have:

  • An overflowing imagination and they invent their own stories,
  • A very rich oral language and a good memory,
  • Sharp mind and enjoy participating in adult conversation.

Did you know that? Dyspraxic people present several interesting phenomena in addition to the points mentioned above. They have a high intellectual potential! They are very educated and ask a lot of questions.

These are the strengths that the different types of dyspraxia provide to those who suffer from them.

You may be wondering why your child has dyspraxia. Keep in mind that he or she is not the only child with dyspraxia. Read our article entitled : Dyspraxia in children: possible causes and diagnosis Dyspraxia in Children to get enough information about this disorder.


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