Parents and family
When your child is diagnosed as having developmental dyspraxia you may feel many emotions: shock, relief, isolation. You will want to know how best to help your child and how to plan for the years ahead. You may also wonder how your family is going to cope with the child who has dyspraxia - especially his or her brothers and sisters.
Many parents feel guilt and anger about their child's condition. It is important to recognise that dyspraxia is not anyone's fault. Although there is no cure there are many things that you can do to give practical help and support to your child.
In 1997 the Dyspraxia Foundation conducted a survey of its members. It distributed a questionnaire to find out about the age at which dyspraxia was diagnosed in their children; their school's response to the child's dyspraxia; and the severity of the child's dyspraxia.
Having a child who has dyspraxia affects the whole family. You may find that you gear all family life around the needs of that child. It is possible that brothers and sisters feel neglected.
To help everyone, you could
- Try activities which involve the whole family equally
- Encourage each child to develop their own hobbies and interests so that comparisons are irrelevant
- Talk to your partner about the problems and be open about how you both feel
- Try to arrange time each week to concentrate on each child, and your partner
- Take time for yourself and keep in touch with friends
- Join a local support group. Some groups run events which include siblings