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.
We are very proud to be running a week of programs from the 28th June to 2nd July focusing on employment. This event will take place over a series of free to access webinars, live Facebook streams and specialised focused events for those aged 16-25. Although this event is focused on those served by our Youth Group, any events which are free to view can be attended by anyone with an interest in the subjects involved.
Please see the list of the events below, and links (if required) to attend them, if a link isn’t available for the event that you are interested in then please check back to this page later and keep an eye on our social media channels for when the event is available to book.
Spring is (finally!) making an appearance in the UK, so why not get creative and plant a flower in our Spring Garden?
You, your colleagues, family, friends, anyone and everyone you know can get involved by planting a virtual crocus, tulip, or daffodil and watching as our garden blooms with every donation. Whether just for fun, in memory of a loved one, or in hope for a future, our virtual spring garden is designed to raise vital funds to enable us to sustain our services and achieve that little bit more; from promoting better diagnostic and treatment facilities for those who have dyspraxia, to helping education and health professionals to assist those with dyspraxia/DCD, to doing all we can to promote awareness and understanding of dyspraxia/DCD throughout society.
I’m Iona Hemmings, I recently graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc in Psychology and am currently training to be a Primary school teacher at the University of Birmingham. Alongside teacher training I’m conducting some research with Dr. Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson who is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. Our research aims to explore the relationship between parental/carer reporting of their children’s Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) symptomology and Sensory Sensitivity Profiles. We are also planning on exploring the impact of additional diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or ADHD symptomology on this relationship. To collect our data, we are using an online survey – https://warwick.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bgBusUKrRwLj23r – which takes about 20-30 minutes for a parent/carer to complete.
We are proud to share this blog from Sarah Chicken to mark Neurodiversity Week. Sarah is a member of the Dyspraxia Foundation Research Panel.
Unfortunately, due to a few technical issues with our website, we have not been able to share as much as we could on our website this week, but we have shared lots of stories across our social media platforms. Including, Mikey talking about Verbal Dyspraxia and Newly appointed Local Co-ordinator, Jo, talks about her lived experience.
Are you a parent/carer of a primary or secondary-school aged child living in the UK? If so, please help us gather evidence to highlight the impact of the pandemic on the educational experience of dyspraxic children by completing this survey. The findings will be used to inform policy makers and others about the impact of multiple lockdowns on dyspraxic children’s learning, development and well-being, and to identify any lessons learned.
It’s back, and we’re ready to cheer you on from Westminster Bridge!
The ASICS London 10K will take place on Sunday 25 July 2021. Join us and secure your spot for London’s best summer celebration of running with live music and entertainment at every kilometre along the flat, fast-paced 10K route. Dash past iconic landmarks Big Ben, the London Eye and River Thames. All participants will receive free race photos, an exclusive finisher tee and goody bag.