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Reports indicate that dyspraxia, a developmental disorder, affects one out of thirty children, but that number may be too low as it's often misdiagnosed.

Twelve-year-old Martina was diagnosed with dyspraxia when she was just three.

"It's a condition that affects physical, emotional and social aspects of development," Martina’s mother Ann Marie Slater said.

Martina didn't walk until she almost a year-and-a-half and at age three, she was still was not talking, which is not uncommon in children who are dyspraxic.

"By the time she was four, she began to pick up. She was verbalizing and it was, ‘It's over, she's great, it's wonderful, she’s ok,’” Martina’s mother said. “It didn't turn out that way because dyspraxia comes in waves."

Children who have dyspraxia are often clumsy, have problems with fine motor skills, and cognitive issues.

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