If you have just found out that your child has dyspraxia, the first thing to do is … don’t panic.
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There are other parents/carers who understand what you are going through. There are also many sources of information and support to help you and your child now and in the future.
Join the Dyspraxia Foundation. A first step is to become a member of the Dyspraxia Foundation and join one of our local support groups. Talking to other parents/carers and meeting families in the same position as you can really help get things into perspective. You’ll also find out about local services and sources of support. Local groups also provide opportunities for young people to get together, and try new activities in a safe space. A great way to build confidence, skills and social networks. If there isn’t a local group in your area, get in touch to find out how we can help you set one up.
We also organise national conferences and events where parents can meet and find out more about dyspraxia/DCD. Keep an eye on our website and social media for news about upcoming events and activities.
Explore our website. Our website includes many hints and tips to help you and your child manage daily activities and develop the skills and confidence they need to fulfil their potential. If you have any further questions please contact our helpline.
Work together as a family. Having a child who has dyspraxia/DCD affects the whole family. You may find that organise family life and activities around the needs of that child and it is possible that brothers and sisters will 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
- 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