DAMP is short for the medical term, Deficits in Attention, Motor control and Perception.
The acronym is not perfect in English – but fine in Sweden, where it was coined in the early 1980s by leading practitioners in the field. DAMP is a neuro-developmental condition, which means it is part of the make-up of the brain.
DAMP is predominately diagnosed by the co-existence of ADHD and dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder). It means having some, or all, of the ADHD characteristics as well as having motor difficulties (dyspraxia). In addition, there will frequently be problems with language, perception and features of autism.
Some core symptoms of DAMP
- Coordination deficits
- Deficits in sensory perception
- Deficits in handwriting and other precise motor functions