What is it about?: Children’s social and emotional wellbeing is an important topic and one of particular interest in developmental research currently. We’re interested in seeing whether attention, language and motor skills are related to children’s well-being. In particular, we are investigating whether these skills are related to how much children are included in social groups and activities.
The Institute of Education, part of University College London, are looking for research participants, they ask:
Hello, I am part of a team of researchers based in London who investigate how children’s brains work. In particular, we want to know how children process visual information and whether this has any effect on how they perceive and move around their environment.
As part of our research we will ask children to complete some movement-based tasks, two short verbal and non-verbal ability tasks and some computerised visual processing games involving eye tracking! All of this should take no longer than 2 hours (with breaks) to get through!
I will also ask you, as the child’s parent or guardian, to complete some short forms gathering your views about your child’s movement in everyday situations, such as at home or at school.
Your child can take part if s/he is aged between 5 and 15 years old and has been given a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia.
We will reimburse your travel costs and your child will receive a certificate and gift card for their participation.
Authors Janet Taylor and Martha Jayne are pleased to introduce ‘Focus’; a regular newsletter for members of the Dyspraxia Foundation with an interest in dyspraxia in adulthood.
We have decided to honour Mary Colley’s memory and entitle this e-magazine ‘Focus’ after a publication produced by Mary for DANDA (Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association). The first issue of this magazine will be FREE for anyone to download. After this, each issue will be available on the member’s only section of the Dyspraxia Foundation website www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk. Focus will be published four times a year and packed with; practical advice, information, poetry, lived experiences, useful contacts and photography.
We are delighted to be working alongside ‘The Able Label’; a fashion retailer with a range of clothes especially designed to help with a variety of physical and cognitive needs. Their quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and hidden extras make dressing easier for those who may suffer from restricted movement or lack of finger dexterity. The design of the garments has also taken carers’ requirements into account so assisted dressing is quicker, easier and safer. Yet when they’re being worn, no one would know they were adapted!
Promising classical singer Stephanie Guidera is donating part of her singing fee to the Dyspraxia Foundation to help others with this hidden and often misunderstood condition, following her own life-changing diagnosis.
Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) affects the ability to master skilled movements and some aspects of learning. Dyspraxia/DCD is a lifelong condition affecting gross and fine motor coordination in adults and children. In addition many may experience difficulties with organisational skills, memory, processing speed and in some cases speech. This makes it difficult for people with Dyspraxia/DCD to carry out everyday tasks others take for granted, such as handwriting, cooking, driving a car and organising daily life.
You make the difference! Volunteers’ Week (1—7 June) is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. More than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and volunteers contribute to an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy! People who volunteer make an invaluable contribution to society and make a significant difference to the work of the Dyspraxia Foundation.
We have so many wonderful fundraisers, increasing awareness of Dyspraxia/DCD and to raise much needed funds for the charity. The Dyspraxia Foundation is purely funded by your fundraising, purchasing memberships or by becoming a friend.
Last week Wednesday, a group of representatives from the Dyspraxia Foundation attended a parliamentary discussion and giving their own voice to raise awareness and giving evidence of good practice and barriers to employment for those with dyspraxia.
We hear from many people with Dyspraxia that due to poor coordination many people find it hard to join in with more active activities. We also hear that many get tired easily or worry about how other people react to their poor motor skills.
A Happy Easter from everyone at the Dyspraxia Foundation!
This Easter Weekend why not take a few minutes of your day to join the Dyspraxia Foundation?
Without your memberships, donations, attending our conferences and fundraising we simply wouldn’t be able to continue to support those with Dyspraxia/DCD and their friends and family. Please watch our video and add your voice to ours and let’s all raise the profile of Dyspraxia/DCD.