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Ignorance of dyspraxia highlighted

Thousands of adults and children who live with dyspraxia are being unfairly labelled, according to a new survey.

Nearly three-quarters of people questioned admitted they believe behavioural, social and learning problems, common to conditions such as dyspraxia, Asperger's or ADHD, are simply an excuse for disruptive children.

Just under half of those polled said they have heard of dyspraxia - but less than a third said they understand what the condition is, and how it affects sufferers.

The survey has been published to launch Dyspraxia Awareness Week, and was commissioned by the Dyspraxia Foundation, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year.

The condition is thought to affect up to 6% of the population, and symptoms include frequent falls, difficulty walking up and down stairs, problems in dressing, and a lack of spatial awareness.

Men and boys are four times more likely to be affected than females, and it can also run in families.

The study also highlights the fact that people from the AB social class, who are traditionally more affluent, appear to be most aware of the issue, with 59% saying they have heard of the condition.

But knowledge of the problem falls to just 37% among people in the DE social class.

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