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Announcing the Launch of Dyspraxia Week 2021 – focusing on the urgent need to improve support for children with dyspraxia in UK primary and secondary schools.
It is a little-known fact that Dyspraxia affects 6% of the population. Following the most challenging of times for all children in primary and secondary schools, the Dyspraxia Foundation is using this year’s Dyspraxia Week – 10th to 16th October – to urge the teaching professionals to find out more about how to support children with dyspraxia who continue to fall ‘under the radar’ and miss out on vital support in schools.
I am Dr. Charikleia Sinani, a chartered physiotherapist and senior lecturer based at York St John University. My research and clinical expertise are in children with neurodevelopment disorders particularly Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) which is sometimes referred to as ‘Dyspraxia’ in the UK and children with Cerebral palsy. I have carried out a number of research projects to gain a better understanding on how children with DCD plan and organise their movements, how they learn sequence of movements and the associations between movement problems and psychosocial symptoms. Other projects include identification and early interventions for children with DCD delivered at schools.
My name is Judith Gentle and I am a parent of two sons, one of whom has Dyspraxia. I am also a Dr of psychology and have been lecturing at The University of Surrey since 2015, where I teach on the Cognitive and Developmental psychology modules. My primary area of research is Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia) which is often referred to as a ‘Cinderella syndrome’ due the lack of knowledge about the condition. However, given that DCD affects approximately 5% of the population this is an area of much needed research. I would therefore like to invite you to take part in a new study investigating the navigational skills for adults with and without DCD.