Thanks for bringing your question to JustAnswer.
Yes, this is definitely something that needs to be assessed. Dyspraxia can cause, in addition to the bumping into things, a lack of concentration and problems following directions. Here is a list of symptoms from the Dyspraxia Foundation:
Summary of Behaviors 3 - 5 very High Levels of Motor Activity
Difficulty Pedaling Tricycle or Similar Toy
Continue to be Messy Eaters
Avoids Constructional Toys
Poor Fine Motor Skills
Lack of Imaginative Play
Isolated in Peer Group
Laterality Still not Established
Sensitive to Sensory Stimulation
Limited Response to Verbal Instructions
Treatment for Dyspraxia would be through an Occupational Therapist. Here is a link to some professionals who specialize in this disorder. http://www.dyspraxiausa.org/resources/doctors-therapists/
If none of these are in your area, ask your child's pediatrician for a referral. You're lucky he had a teacher who recognized his symptoms, so he can get treatment early in life.
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX against my son.
- As an infant had feeding problems, lactose intolerant, no problem once he
was changed to goats milk.
- very quick to develop - walked at 11 months, excellant language - speech, comprehension and reading. His use of language is quite adult and knows exactly when to use words etc.
- Active in drama group, loves music and singing
- swims, rides his bike (actually stuck with it for a full afternoon) to make sure his
stabilisers could be removed. They were.
- No problems with self-esteem
- relates well with his friends
his issues from that list would appear to be lack of concentration, at times not
taking direction, bumping into things/people as if he cant judge distance.
Inability to sit still for any period.
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX you for listing of occupational therapists, I feel we will seek an assessment would this be your advice?
the fact that he only appears to be meeting a limited criteriia
No child will have all of the symptoms, but with his meeting several of them, and his teacher's concern, it's worth checking out. You may want to start with his pediatrician and see what kind of an eval he recommends. It would also be worth seeing if he meets criteria for ADHD, which the pediatrician would be able to assess. Your child may score low on the criteria for dyspraxia, but still benefit from some OT to improve his sense of distance so he stops bumping into things and people.