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Dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to plan and coordinate movements. It is often referred to as a “hidden disability” as it is not easily noticeable and can be misunderstood by those who are not familiar with it. People with dyspraxia may have difficulty with activities that require motor skills such as tying shoelaces, riding a bike, or even holding a pencil. This is because the messages from the brain to the body do not get transmitted properly, resulting in difficulties with balance, coordination, and fine motor skills. Dyspraxia is a lifelong condition that can affect individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. It is estimated that around 5-10% of the population may have dyspraxia, and it is more commonly diagnosed in males than females. Despite its prevalence, dyspraxia is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, leading to individuals struggling to understand their difficulties and receiving the support they need. It is important to recognize that dyspraxia is not a sign of low intelligence or laziness, but rather a difference in brain functioning. With proper understanding and support, individuals with dyspraxia can learn to manage their difficulties and thrive in their personal and professional lives.