When someone has physical difficulties (such as walking, self-care, falls and cooking), it's advisable to seek a medical assessment through the GP or with a private occupational therapist. This is especially the case if difficulties have worsened or have occurred more recently. When daily life is impacted, applying for benefits is dependent on a medical diagnosis.
Dyspraxia can also be diagnosed for those aged 16+ as a specific learning difficulty as it affects motor skills as well as issues around organisation, planning and coordination. This can impact adults in education and in the workplace, and therefore specialist assessors (like myself) who have had the necessary training can assess for dyspraxia following strict guidelines. Clients can use my reports to apply for support through the Disabled Students' Allowance, for professional exam bodies and for Access to Work.
Please note that any concerns regarding children (i.e. under 16s) MUST go through the medical route and therefore a GP referral to a paediatrician or occupational therapist would be advisable.