Definition of dyspraxia in US English:



  • another term for apraxia
    • ‘Hannah has verbal dyspraxia and also a rare neuronal migration, which mean she has difficulty in speaking and is between 18 months and two years behind the expected levels for her age group.’
    • ‘They have built ‘a delightful, heartening oasis for average to bright children hindered by dyslexia or dyspraxia, who require an intimate, industrious and caring environment.’’
    • ‘The seven-year-old child suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit disorder, and his mother says she is furious at the way he was treated.’
    • ‘He's bright, but needs full-time 1 to 1 support because of his social communication and language disorder, auditory processing disorder and dyspraxia.’
    • ‘The Oaklands unit is also open to those with more serious learning difficulties like dyspraxia and dyslexia.’


Early 20th century: from Greek dus- ‘bad or difficult’ + praxis ‘action’.