Dyspraxia – The Foundations explained

Dyspraxia - The Foundations explained

The book on Dyspraxia, available free to members (as a pdf) or through Amazon and at http://www.tinyurl.com/j2hmtj7

Helpline poster campaign

Helpline poster campaign

Help spread the word about the Dyspraxia Foundation and how we can help

Membership - Join us today

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Dyspraxia on film (and on CBeebies)

Dyspraxia on film (and on CBeebies)

Films about living with dyspraxia and the BBC series of Tree Fu Tom

Our helpline is open to help you – Call 01462 454986Contact us on 01462 454986

We are delighted to have our helpline available to help you with problems and issues you may encounter; offering help and advice to people with dyspraxia, parents, carers and families about or on the subject of dyspraxia. The helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Free Teacher Training on Neurodiversity

Dates announced for FREE teacher training on Neurodiversity around the country – see posters below for full details. Please ensure your child’s school is aware of this resource. This is an exciting opportunity for all schools to participate in some free and comprehensive training relating to neuro diversity!


The Dyspraxia Foundation is thrilled to be involved in a new Department for Education funded project that will help teachers and support staff across the UK to better understand dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties and to help equip them with the tools and knowledge that they need for best practice teaching for those with learning difficulties

With a healthy uptake there is the potential to influence the practice of some 360,000 teachers and support staff in their response to dyspraxia/DCD and other co-occurring conditions. This in turn could positively impact on the experience and outcomes of those with Dyspraxia/DCD in the classroom and throughout life

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Awareness Week Employment Survey

In preparation for Dyspraxia Awareness Week (9th – 15th October) we are carrying out a survey to find out about the employmentawareness week pic 16 experiences of people with dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder (DCD). This information will help us produce a ‘press release’ highlighting the challenges experienced by employees with dyspraxia/DCD, the benefits that people with dyspraxia/DCD bring to the workplace and the strategies that enable people with dyspraxia/DCD to be successful.

The survey will also help us to identify how we can best help our adult members and provide us with evidence that will be useful when we are talking to government and businesses.

We welcome responses from people with dyspraxia/DCD who are employed, volunteering, unemployed, self-employed or retired. Please follow the link below to start the survey which closes on 12th August 2016.



If you are interested in being a Case Study to help us raise awareness of dyspraxia/DCD in the workplace during our Awareness Week campaign, please email [email protected]  for a copy of our Case Study form.


Thank you for supporting the Dyspraxia Foundation!

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Fundraising for Dyspraxia

Collabro and our very own celebrity patron Jamie Lambert raising funds for dyspraxia in our home town! Support the Dyspraxia Foundation and have a fabulous evening with the most popular Britain’s Got Talent winners and their special guest Catriona Murray in our beautiful St Mary’s Church on Saturday, 30th July!



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ONLINE study about quality of life of families of children (5-18 years) diagnosed with Dyspraxia or DCD

A researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington (USA) is conducting an ONLINE study about quality of life of families of children (5-18 years) diagnosed with Dyspraxia or DCD.

To participate, please complete a survey that can be found here (it only takes 10-15 minutes!): https://uta.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2nUY763hSyP0Mnz

We are looking for 500 participants and have about 85 so far – if we can get to this number, we might be able to make a case for interventions that involve helping children overcome their difficulties and include quality of life of the whole family, hopefully at a local and international level.



Priscila Caçola ([email protected])


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New film raising awareness of dyspraxia/DCD and its impact

Dyspraxia Foundation are pleased to have supported Dragon Fire Films in the making of a new film raising awareness of dyspraxia/DCD and its impact on young people, families & schools. “With the backing of the Dyspraxia Foundation and the help of experts and teachers, Dragon Fire Films looks at what the condition is, how it affects people and what can be done to help. Ideal for teachers and parents this film shows what it can be like: Living with Dyspraxia”  http://www.dragonfireschools.co.uk

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Dyspraxia Foundation Spring Ball

£18,367.00 raised at the Dyspraxia Foundation Spring Ball on Saturday, 14th May in London!  A fantastic amount towards supporting the helpline thanks to the hard work of the organising committee Michele Lee, Eleanor Howes, Jane Trowbridge, Bernie Mohan, Sophie Kayani, Marilyn Owen, Jacquie Hall, Shirley Stevens and Silja Turvill.   We certainly could not have raised such a fantastic amount without the generous support of our donors, bidders and guests and the help of our fantastic team of volunteers on the night who made it all run smoothly.

Special thanks to Dyspraxia foundation summer BallThe Royal Garden Hotel for a wonderful venue, excellent service and food, our live band ‘Hot Stuff’ for getting everyone up and dancing, to Stephanie Guidera Dyspraxia foundation summer Ballwho not only sang like an angel but took the time to talk about her dyspraxia and the importance of the helpline, to Del Boy and Patsy for being Absolutely Cushtie, to our Auctioneer Martin Pope for whipping up the bids and to National Casinos, Smartpics, Give Smart and all our supporters for contributing to the success of the event.  It’s not too late for you to give generously to help save this vital resource!  Just go to the link on this page and Donate Now!


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Don't delay, become a Dyspraxia Foundation Member today!

The Dyspraxia Foundation membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.  Please do become a member and join us as we continue to raise awareness and understanding of Dyspraxia and support those affected by the condition. The Foundation depends entirely on membership subscriptions and donations to survive. Download your Membership form here Membership 2016-17 Standard/Professional members paying by Standing Order receive a £2 discount download the Membership Standing Order Form here. Please complete your details and return the form to us for processing. We look forward to hearing from you. Alternatively , membership can also be purchased from our webshop  http://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/shopping/shop/search-products/?min_price=1&max_price=49

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The application of Reasonable Adjustments for working adults with Dyspraxia and employment tenure outcome

The purpose of this research will be to gather details of Reasonable Adjustments offered to adults with dyspraxia by employers; to ascertain how useful participants felt these were; to capture bespoke adjustments valued by those with dyspraxia and to share these with others with dyspraxia.  The aim is to enhance employment tenure for those with dyspraxia through education regarding useful Reasonable Adjustments.

I am seeking 100 adult Dyspraxia foundation members who have experienced employment, with the aim of obtaining a cross-section for gender, age, ethnicity, origin and occupation to capture unbiased data.

This survey will be open for 4 weeks, closing on Friday 17th June.


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Opportunity to participate in DF approved research project

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Maxine Roper, Dyspraxia Foundation Press Officer

Statement from the Dyspraxia Foundation following the Guardian’s story on dyslexia and sperm banks (December 30 2015)


We are concerned by reports that a leading sperm bank is turning away donors with neurological conditions, which include dyspraxia, as well as dyslexia, A.D.H.D and autism.

Despite being a neurological disorder dyspraxia can bring many strengths as well as some challenges. Those with neurological differences have a lot to offer society. They are often determined, resilient and creative. Employers increasingly recognise this, with some organisations such as GCHQ specifically advertising for applicants with dyspraxia and dyslexia. Many people with dyspraxia are very intelligent and with the right support difficulties associated with the condition can be managed well. If sperm banks are discriminating against donors with dyspraxia, it is deeply saddening and regrettable. There is no basis to exclude these conditions any more than excluding someone with asthma or diabetes which are also genetically-based conditions.

Although those with dyspraxia lead happy and successful lives, many also struggle to get the recognition and help they need. As with dyslexia, there is no NHS funding for adult assessments for dyspraxia, and a private assessment can cost up to £500. For those who are not high-flying managers or entrepreneurs, affordable support is vital.

About Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It can also affect short-term memory, organisational skills, spatial awareness and speech.


The Dyspraxia Foundation is the UK’s only national charity providing information and support on dyspraxia.

For more information please contact: Dr Sally Payne c/o Dyspraxia Foundation, 8 West Alley, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1EG.

Tel: 01462 455016/Email: [email protected]




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Congratulations to dyspraxia supporter Emma Lewell-Buck MP

Emma Lewell-Buck talks-minCongratulations to South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck on her promotion to Shadow Minister for Devolution and Local Government in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.

Emma openly talks about her dyspraxia to help raise awareness and improve understanding of the condition and is a staunch supporter of the work of the Dyspraxia Foundation.

Speaking of her condition, she explains: “I can’t wear eyeliner, because you’ve got to have a steady hand. Every time I try, I end up with a big line down my face.”

“If I got hair straighteners, you can guarantee I would burn myself.”

Speaking of her school days, she said: “I was struggling, but stuff like this wasn’t on the agenda when I was at school, so I often got dragged into misbehaving.

“Really it was a way of saying, ‘I can’t do this and I don’t know why because no one is helping.”


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Penny Bellis represented drivers with dyspraxia at a recent consultation on new driving test

On behalf of the Dyspraxia Foundation, on Thursday 12th November 2015, I attended a disability consultation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency at the Driver Training Academy at Cardington, Bedfordshire.

I enjoyed meeting bopenny bellis picth the DVSA staff and the other delegates.  The presentation was given by driving test examiners, who were good company and very approachable.  The other delegates were from organisations representing people with cerebral palsy, the deaf, autism and chronic regional pain syndrome.

The consultation was about the development and implementation of a new DVLA driving test.  It began with a presentation about the proposed changes given by Paul Halbing, followed by a demonstration of both the current test and the proposed new test by Neil Wilson, Neil Smith and Graham O Bryan. The main change was an extension of the current ten minute independent drive to twenty minutes, to be facilitated with a satellite navigation system………..

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Dyspraxia: Dyspraxic Adults Surviving in a Non-Dyspraxic World: A Dyspraxia Foundation Adult Support Group Publication [Kindle Edition]

Authors Janet Taylor (Editor), Mary Morris (Editor) Kindle Price: £9.99 includes VAT & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

A review received within 24 hrs of publishing

“Brilliant book, excellent read, really useful and interesting.

Truly recommend x”

Buy your copy here

Dyspraxic Adults book coverThis book, written by and for adults with dyspraxia offers a wealth of information and practical strategies to address the daily challenges experienced by adults with dyspraxia in all areas of life. Previously considered a disorder of childhood, dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder) is now recognised to affect individuals across the lifespan. Despite this, awareness and understanding of dyspraxia in adulthood is limited. To address this gap in knowledge the editors of this book, who both have dyspraxia, set up an on-line discussion group for adult dyspraxics to share their experiences and coping strategies. Their aim was to write a book that focused on the issues that matter to adult dyspraxics, share coping strategies and provide reassurance to other adult dyspraxics that they are not alone in experiencing life as they do.

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Research Participants Required Nottingham University

Project Title

An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the experiences of children with Dyspraxia in UK secondary schools

Project Description

The aim of my research is to find out what the experiences of secondary school aged children with Dyspraxia are in the UK. In order to do this, I hope to speak with children with Dyspraxia who are aged between 11 and 17 years old about their everyday experiences in school and how they feel their Dyspraxia affects them. As little is known about how a child experiences their Dyspraxia, and even less is known about how they experience school, it is hoped that this project will contribute new knowledge about how it is for children in the UK who have Dyspraxia….



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Dyspraxia Foundation launches NEW resource: Managing Anxiety - Advice Sheet for adults and teenagers

Anxiety is a common and recurring theme amongst people with dyspraxia – a Dyspraxia Foundation survey in 2014 found that 40% of people with dyspraxia aged 13-19 years felt anxious ‘all the time’. Anxiety is the term we use to describe feelings of unease, fear or worry. It is a normal response to a frightening or unknown situation such as attending a job interview or preparing for exams. Feelings of anxiety can range from feeling slightly nervous to something completely debilitating unless it is recognised and managed appropriately……..

download this free resource here Managing Anxiety for teens and adults

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Dyspraxia Awareness Week launch at Parliament

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Host a reception in the Thames Pavilion, Houses of Parliament

On Wednesday, 14th October to mark

Dyspraxia Awareness Week (11 – 17 October 2015)

Dyspraxia – is it a battle of the sexes?

Guest speakers:      Emma Lewell-Buck MP and Pat Glass MP

The Dyspraxia Foundation extends its appreciation to our sponsors Norton Rose Fulbright

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New Dyspraxia Foundation logo incorporates DCD

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The Dyspraxia Foundation updated the definition of dyspraxia in 2015 to incorporate the current terminology of Developmental Coordination Disorder (D.C.D.) used internationally by researchers and in the medical profession.   The Trustees felt that the Dyspraxia Foundation should use the term within the logo to ensure consistency and to reflect the fact that the terms are often used interchangeably.

Incorporating DCD will also ensure that when people are searching DCD on a web browser, the Dyspraxia foundation will feature in their findings, thus increasing our visibility to the wider world……….

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The Dyspraxia Foundation launches NEW factsheet in response to a nationwide survey

Personal care hints for girlsDyspraxia — Personal care hints and tips for girls/women

Some issues are different for girls than for guys. As each person with dyspraxia has a unique profile of strengths and difficulties, the strategies that work will vary from individual to individual.

We hope you find some new ideas here!

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Dyspraxia Awareness Week (11-17 October) - A message to the press from celebrity patron, Jamie Lambert


Jamie LambertMost people take for granted the fact that they can do simple tasks such as walking up and down stairs, getting dressed, throwing a ball or even mastering the art of handwriting! However, for the thousands of adults and children in the UK living with Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder, day-to-day life can be a real struggle.

Dyspraxia (or, DCD) is a very misunderstood condition. Once cruelly (and incorrectly) labelled ‘clumsy child syndrome’, it affects up to six percent of the UK population – that’s around 2 children in every class.

However, it shouldn’t get in the way of you achieving your goals! I believe that I’m example of this, as I am proud to be part of the band “Collabro” who won ITV’s prime entertainment show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’……….

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Dyspraxia Foundation Launches Survey Results


Urgent call from national charity for greater awareness of dyspraxia among females as new survey shows they may be “slipping through the net”

New findings released today [Monday 12 October 2015] have revealed a significant gap in the diagnosis – and therefore, treatment – of dyspraxia, otherwise known as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), amongst young women and girls.

The nationwide poll1 , commissioned by the Dyspraxia Foundation, reported that over half (53%) of all female respondents said that their primary school teachers were unaware of their difficulties (compared to just 39% of the males questioned). 47% of teenage girls reported the same situation in secondary school, as opposed to 32% of males.

Experts from the Dyspraxia Foundation – the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of the condition – believe such findings may reflect teachers’ perceptions of dyspraxia as a largely “male” disorder, leaving girls often overlooked in the classroom. It may also be possible that girls with dyspraxia are simply better at masking their difficulties by putting in extra effort and recruiting the assistance of friends to help them cope……..

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Dyspraxia Awareness Week Blog Spot

Awareness Week has prompted many of our supporters to reach for their pen/laptop and share their experiences with us – if you have any to add, please let us know [email protected]

Rosie Edmondson: Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2015 – So what is dyspraxia?


Natalie Williams: Dyspraxia Awareness Week – 10 facts about dyspraxia


Misspraxic (an anonymous university student with Dyspraxia and other hidden specific learning difficulties) ; Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2015 – being at university with dyspraxia and how you can support a friend


Robert E Hodge: Dyspraxia & DCD Awareness Page


Alice Hewson: Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2015: Organisation and the transition from University to the world of work


Rachel Stratton Canwell: Herding Moggies – A Life With dyspraxia:  Awareness why raise it??


Rosie Edmondson with Kerry and Phoebe Pace: reframing dyspraxia more positively

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Rosie Edmondson: Dyspraxic Women, chaotic world






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Local charity gives its “stamp of approval” as it pledges to post out new book to over 200 schools

The Dyspraxia Foundation teams up with local Rotary Club to distribute specialist book to promote awareness of the condition

Hitchin-based charity, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce that over 200 schools in the Hertfordshire area will be receiving a free, educational resource for the start of next term!

The delightfully fun yet touching and insightful book, “You’re so clumsy, Charley” (written by Jane Binnion – an author who herself has been diagnosed with dyspraxia) will be mailed out to 225 primary schools thanks to a grant from Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary Club, with a further £1,000 matched funding from the District Rotary Foundation.

youre so clumsy charleyThe cartoon-style book – which follows the daily challenges of Charley, young boy with dyspraxia – has been developed for children in Year 1 and 2 (ages 5 – 7) and the Dyspraxia Foundation advises that a copy is kept by the school’s SENCo (Specialist Educational Needs Co-ordinator). As well as reading it together as a class, teaching staff could also use the new resource to prompt a discussion with a parent who has raised concerns about their child.


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Charity adds a new voice to its cause as it announces its first ever “Celebrity Patron” ahead of Annual Awareness Week

Jamie Lambert from award winning “classical boy band” unveiled as new patron for the Dyspraxia Foundation.

The Dyspraxia Foundation – the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition – is hitting the high notes this week with the news that it has recruited its first ever celebrity ambassador!

Jamie Lambert26 year old Jamie Lambert (originally from Tyne and Wear) is a founding member and “one fifth’ of the acclaimed all male singing group, Collabro, who shot to fame last year after winning ITV’s prime time talent show, ‘Britain’s Got Talent.”

Jamie, who along with his fellow band members stole the hearts of the nation with their winning rendition of, ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables, invited the team at Dyspraxia Foundation to announce his new role to all delegates at the charity’s recent summer conference……….

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How can you help spread the word?

a4 poster as pic for websiteWe are fast approaching the end of year 2 of our 3 year project. ‘Dyspraxia Diffusion’ funded by the Big Lottery Fund to employ a full time Information Officer and offer a vital Helpline Service. Lisa McCarthy and trained volunteers are busy answering calls and emails from 9 -5, Monday to Friday but there are still parents, adults with dyspraxia, health and education professionals and employers who do not know we are here ready to help. You can help by downloading an A4 Poster or A3 Poster and putting up in your local school, surgeries, hospitals, parent groups, places of work, or anywhere people will see it.

contact us for copies if you could use a supply in your area.

[email protected] or call us on 01462 455016


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'Dyspraxia - The Foundations' Now available in Kindle format

Foundations coverA comprehensive introduction to dyspraxia with quick and easy e- links to relevant information on the Dyspraxia Foundation website. The book covers, diagnosis, what dyspraxia is and isn’t, its impact, movement difficulties, family issues, visual learning difficulties,support strategies and more. This is an excellent and inexpensive book for those starting out on their journey with dyspraxia, but equally is excellent additional information for anyone interested in the condition, with prior knowledge, or who supports someone with the condition. It avoids complicated jargon and is a really accessible book which can be read as a whole or dipped into as needs arise. It is the only book to date with a detailed chapter on visual learning difficulties written by an expert in the field. Available from the Amazon Kindle store – Dyspraxia – The Foundation by Gill Dixon  Also available free to members through the Members Only section, join today

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News Archive

The news archive for the Dyspraxia Foundation can be found at News Archive Here you will find previous articles which have appeared on the Homepage of the Foundation as well as other items which have previous appeared within the website

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Charities join forces to deliver £750,000 DfE project

Please share the news and this flier with your schools and sign up today….

Charities join forces to deliver £750,000 DfE project to equip the school workforce with the skills to deliver quality teaching and support for pupils with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).

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The application of Reasonable Adjustments for working adults with Dyspraxia and employment tenure outcome

The purpose of this research will be to gather details of Reasonable Adjustments offered to adults with dyspraxia by employers; to ascertain how useful participants felt these were; to capture bespoke adjustments valued by those with dyspraxia and to share these with others with dyspraxia.  The aim is to enhance employment tenure for those with dyspraxia through education regarding useful Reasonable Adjustments.

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