About Dr Emma Tremaine
Dr Emma Tremaine BA (Oxon) MBBS MRCPsych is an Oxford educated doctor and psychiatrist. She is the author of the popular blog: The Dyspraxic Doctor.
Since discovering that she herself had Dyspraxia as an adult, Emma has made it her mission and passion to raise awareness and understanding of Dyspraxia.
Emma now uses her professional skills and therapeutic clinical experience to help other Dyspraxic people make sense of their unique gifts and overcome barriers to fulfilment and wellbeing.
What Is Dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental condition which is common but likely under-recognised and under-diagnosed.
Dyspraxia affects the messages between the brain and the body, causing problems with co-ordination and balance and difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. It impacts on the learning of sequences of movements (‘doing things in the right order’). It can also affect speech.
Dyspraxic people also typically report difficulties with executive functions; this is planning, processing information, short-term memory, organisation and time keeping.
Dyspraxia affects awareness of where the body is in space and in relation to things around it (known as proprioception and vestibular senses). It can also affect other sensory systems, meaning people with dyspraxia can for example be over or under sensitive to light, sound and touch.
Dyspraxia does not affect intelligence and there are many successful people with dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia has a lot of overlap with other neurodevelopmental conditions (eg. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s), and people with dyspraxia may have more than one of these.
Dyspraxia is a lifelong condition: dyspraxic children become dyspraxic adults.
Dyspraxia leads to an increased risk of low self-esteem, anxiety and low mood. This is often directly linked to the embarrassment, stress and tiredness which their condition causes. Symptoms of dyspraxia can fluctuate, depending on other stressors that the individual is under at different stages in their lives. A lot of the difficulties people with dyspraxia experience are as a result of the environment they are in, so modifying things to suit the dyspraxic individual better can be beneficial too.