Sunday, July 11, 2010
But I must admit the series now holds a special place in my heart, and it has ever since I heard that Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter) has a mild form of dyspraxia. Dyspraxia is a motor planning problem, involving the sequencing of motor movements to perform complex motor tasks. While most often people acquire this condition as a result of brain damage (e.g. strokes), it can occur in children when there appears to be a malformation or disconnect between the motor areas of the brain and the executive functioning and planning areas of the brain. In essence, these areas of the brain don't communicate well.
J-man clearly has motor planning issues, and our developmental pediatrician has mentioned dyspraxia as a possible diagnosis. While I often spend a great deal of time talking about J-man's language issues, he does also have motor problems, largely gross motor and motor planning. At 3 1/2 years old, J-man still doesn't jump. He doesn't walk down stairs with both feet. He doesn't dress himself independently. He can't balance on a swing. He runs with a wide base, and looks a little 'top heavy'. And he is clumsy, very clumsy.
So I don't know.... I hear about Daniel Radcliff, and I look at what he has accomplished and I think to myself 'he is our people'. And that just makes me smile and love him a little more.