Dyspraxia and DCD have some similarities but also note able differences. With DCD fine and gross motor skills are delayed. Dyspraxia may have additional difficulties including eye movement conditions, sensory difficulties, speech and language difficulties. The ear is the most powerful sensory organ in the body. The inner ear contains a structure called the vestibule: a sensory organ for balance. The vestibule senses the slightest movement of the body and passes this information to the brain. It’s heavily involved in regulating motor skills (movement), laterality (right- or left-side dominance), muscle tone, and verticality (upright posture).

Low or tense muscle tone in one area (such as the ear) are often a sign that other muscles are also affected. The small muscles in the inner ear should work together to regulate sound and the different frequencies of sound play different roles throughout the body. Planning movement should be automatic and smooth but when there is hesitancy there is often a problem in the cerebellum or brain stem.Our listening programmes work through both air and bone conduction at the same time as the vestibular system. The action of the Tomatis® listening programmes work on the vestibule, allowing the body to regain vertical posture by repositioning the skeleton. Indeed, under the sustained effect of listening sessions, the consistency of the messages sent to the brain via the vestibule of both the right and left ears is synchronized. As a result, motor responses are noticeably more coordinated, and become more fluid and better organized. This is why the Tomatis® Method has beneficial effects on both Dyspraxia and DCD. Moreover, the vestibule plays a fundamental role in integrating the rhythms of both music and language due to its intricate network of connections to the brain.

Dyspraxia (Motor Skills)

Difficulties with motor skills often co-occur with other learning difficulties.  These difficulties can be difficult to recognise as they can be very subtle. Children also learn to compensate by avoiding certain movements or moving rapidly so an observer doesn’t notice when movements are not automatic

  • poor coordination

  • having difficulty with writing, doing up buttons or shoelaces

  • avoiding learning new skills

  • bumping into other people or objects

  • becoming tired easily

  • Avoiding physical activities

  • Poor balance

  • Poor scissor skills