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J Child Neurol. 2010 Jan;25(1):71-81. doi: 10.1177/0883073809342591.

Toward a narrower, more pragmatic view of developmental dyspraxia.

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Division of Child Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94117, USA. steinman@neuropeds.ucsf.edu

Abstract

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.

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20032517
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PMC2892896
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10.1177/0883073809342591
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