What is Apraxia?

What is Apraxia?

What is apraxia? Simply put, it’s the loss of the ability to execute or carry out learned purposeful movements. It affects roughly 200,000 people in the United States.

Recently, someone close to the Mercy Jets family posted about their own experiences with Apraxia.

What is Apraxia? Perhaps it’s best spoken by this mother:

Imagine that you’re asked to fill out a simple form, asking for basic information such as name, phone number, and address. You’re a teenager and you’ve been reading and writing for a decade. You know how to make a 5, or an 8, or spell McGrail, but a connection is lost between your brain and your fingers, and writing is difficult and slow… your words too big for the box, and your penmanship hard to decipher.

Or think about shopping for shoes. You’re faced with pair after pair with laces, so many options, so many choices… and you look at them all, try on several pairs, but ultimately end up choosing one of just a few that slip-on. Because even though you CAN tie, the process is arduous, and you – like everyone else – want to be able to just toss on your shoes and go.

Now imagine that because of all of the above, people make automatic assumptions about your intelligence, about your future, and about your other abilities.

That’s apraxia.

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