Statement from the Dyspraxia Foundation following the BBC report on Special Educational Needs provision (September 1 2016)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37047055?S

We are concerned by the findings of a recent poll of teaching staff, suggesting that pupils with Special Educational Needs lack vital support.

These findings are particularly concerning given that children identified as having dyspraxia/DCD do not automatically receive support under the government’s disability code of practice for schools introduced in 2014. The challenges associated with dyspraxia are manageable, and people with dyspraxia can lead fulfilling and productive lives. However, early identification is crucial for children’s success at school and mental wellbeing.

These poll findings suggest that increasing public awareness of Special Educational Needs does not translate into adequate support for children affected and their families. Media coverage and the increased availability of information online have sometimes led to a public perception that obtaining a diagnosis of particular Special Educational Needs is easy and that schools are too eager to diagnose them. This is far from the reality.

We welcome calls for significant extra government funding to increase support for Special Educational Needs, and for improved teacher training.

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

 

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

Contact details:        Dyspraxia Foundation, 8 West Alley, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1EG

Tel:                  01462 455016

Email:             admin@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

Website:         www.dysrpaxiafoundation.org.uk