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Praxis, more commonly known as motor planning, is the ability to spontaneously conceive, plan, and execute actions. Typically, motor planning requires no conscious effort; however, for children who have difficulties with praxis, additional effort is required to complete everyday tasks such as writing, skipping, or playing catch. Children with praxis difficulties are commonly characterized as clumsy or awkward and tend to shy away from engagement in new tasks or activities. As children become older, praxis difficulties are often expressed as avoidance of writing, cutting, and other fine motor tasks, difficulty putting their thoughts on paper, and greater verbal expressive abilities than when they are asked to write their thoughts.

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