Apraxia vs. Dyspraxia

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(neurology) Total or partial loss of the ability to perform coordinated movements or manipulate objects in the absence of motor or sensory impairment; specifically, a disorder of motor planning.


(medicine) a genetically caused neurological disorder in which a person has severely below average motor skills due to the brain being unable to consistently send messages accurately to the body for planning of motor movements.


inability to make purposeful movements, but without paralysis or loss of sensory function.


a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood causing difficulty in activities requiring coordination and movement.


inability to make purposeful movements


inability to perform particular purposive actions, as a result of brain damage

‘dressing apraxia’;


Apraxia is a motor disorder caused by damage to the brain (specifically the posterior parietal cortex or corpus callosum) which causes difficulty with motor planning to perform tasks or movements. The nature of the damage determines the disorder's severity, and the absence of sensory loss or paralysis helps to explain the level of difficulty.

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