Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Matters for Teenagers with Dyspraxia

7th - 13th October 2018

Join in with the conversation with #dyspraxia18

Celebrating 30 Years!
2018 is the 30th anniversary of the Dyspraxia Foundation! 

Why not use awareness week to get involved with #Dyspraxia30 and help us raise core funding so we can celebrate another 30 years! It's so esay to get involved, visit or 30th Anniversary page for more!

Awareness Week Day 8: Sunday 14th October - #BBCBreakfast

Bonus Day! Awareness Week for 2018 moved into an 8th day! Trustee Sally Payne and Youth member Ben appeared on BBC Breakfast News early on Sunday Morning! They talked about Dyspraxia and Doctor Who! Thanks to Sally & Ben for making the trip to Manchester and for the BBC for providing us with a clip of the show! You can replay the video here!

Youth Blogs!  We also launched a new feature to our dedicated Dyspraxia Foundation Youth website, a group (and hopefully growing!) will be publishing their own blogs direct to our youth site.

Get involved with Dyspraxia Awareness Week across socialmedia by using #Dyspraxia18

Awareness Week Day 7: Saturday 13th October - #YouthChampions

Champions! Friday evening at our long term supporters Norton Rose Fulbright, in London we hosted an evening to celebrate Awareness Week and to appoint the first Youth Champions. The event was a great success as many members of our youth group and their guests attended, which included an inspirational and humourous talk from our Adult Represenative Mark Robinson! We are proud to have appointed Imogen, Natalie and Tim as our Youth Champions - you can catch up from the event here.

eBook! At the same event we launched a 'Positive Stories' free eBook created by our youth group, as displayed at our AGM and London Conference in June. You can download this for free! 

Letter to Teachers. We 'ended' our awareness week by publishing a 'letter to teachers' from 14 year old Alfie.

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Awareness Week Day 6: Friday 12th October - #DrivingMatters

New Driving Sheet! On day 6 we launch our updated Driving Information Sheet!
Learning to drive is a challenge for many, and for those with dyspraxia it can be especially daunting. From concentration and hand-foot coordination to judging speed and distance and sequencing, driving makes heavy demands on some of the core dyspraxic weaknesses. Many people with dyspraxia are unaware of the support available to them as learner-drivers or even unsure whether they can or should drive.

Case Study! Today's case study comes from Marian, who talks about supporting her 11 year old son.

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Awareness Week Day 5: Thursday 11th October - #RadioShropshire 

Radio! Today trustee Sally Payne appeared on Jim Hawkins in the Morning to discuss all things Dyspraxia! The show is on the BBC iPlayer Website -  available to listen online for the next 30 days.

Blog! We also bring you an additional story today. Trustee Sally Payne sat down with Judi Smith to discuss dyspraxia and mental health matters!

Case Study! Today we bring you Lucia's story about supporting her 12 year old son!

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Awareness Week Day 4: Wednesday 10th October - #WorldMentalHealthDay

As well as today being Day 4 of Dyspraxia Awareness Week it is also World Mental Health Day! Make sure today you tell people that it's okay not to be okay, speaking about mental health is a sure way to make people feel that little bit better. Don't be scared, and open up that conversation - it could make someone feel that little bit better!

New Advice SheetOur own survey showed that 26% of parents said their dyspraxic teenager was frequently sad with only 28% happy with the way they are and While 50% of parents had sought help for their teenager’s mental health, many had difficulty accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) because their son/daughter’s difficulties were not deemed severe enough.
On World Mental Health Day during Dyspraxia Awareness Week we are proud to launch our brand new Advice Sheet for ParentsOur sheet is aimed at parents of Teenagers, which has a range of useful advice and strategies in supporting your child's mental health.

Case Study! Day four brings a new case study. Today we meet Meryl and her story about supporting her 12 year old son.

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Awareness Week Day 3: Tuesday 9th October - #TechnicalIssues

Apologies for the website issues this morning - the heightened status of Dyspraxia due to it being awareness week and of course Dr Who on Sunday meant a spike in website visitors temporarily caused us to go offline! We are back now, and ready to move on with Day 3 of Awareness Week!

Case Study! Day three brings the story of Maria's daughter. She is now in her GCSE year and does use a laptop and the extra time she needs in exams. She has accepted that all this does is level the playing field. I have always felt that the way Dyspraxia affects her is very well hidden. She does not experience many of the typical difficulties associated with the condition. She is good at sports and has the stamina to climb mountains and hike for hours on end, she plays violin and guitar and her handwriting now is very legible even if it does take her a long time.

Get Involved! This evening we are hosting a free Live Facebook chat - directly from our Facebook Page - with Chair Sophie Kayani and a member of our Youth Group. They will be discussing our awareness week results, dyspraxia, anxiety, Dr Who and of course answering questions you might have!

BBC Article: The Dr Who #Dyspraxia awareness continues in the media, the BBC's Tom Gerkin - who has dyspraxia himself - has written a balanced article for the BBC on the show and his own personal experiences with Dyspraxia.

GMB Union: The GMB have released a document for employers of those with Dyspraxia as part of their 'Thinking Different at Work' campaign. Thanks to trustee Richard Todd for his work on helping product this document.

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Awareness Week Day 2: Monday 8th October - #SurveyFindings

After the excitement of Dr. Who yesterday, today the Dyspraxia Foundation posted the results of it's survey - asking parents of those with Dyspraxia a variety of questions and the results are very telling!

55% said that dyspraxic teenagers aged 11-18 were frequently or nearly always anxious with the figure rising to 70% for people over 25 years of age.

60% of parents felt strongly that their teenage son or daughter would not reach their academic potential, with poor awareness among teachers of the practical and emotional impact of dyspraxia meaning that students are not receiving the recognition, help and support they need to achieve and feel successful at school.

43% described their dyspraxic teenager as lonely with a worrying 63% describing their son/daughter as socially isolated. Teenagers with dyspraxia are at increased risk of bullying because poor handwriting and difficulty with sports and physical activities make them stand out. Some teenagers choose to withdraw from social activities because they are embarrassed about drawing attention to their difficulties.

26% of parents said their dyspraxic teenager was frequently sad with only 28% happy with the way they are. Needing help with everyday activities such as using cutlery, writing and riding a bike contributes to teenagers’ low self-esteem and sense of inadequacy.  

While 50% of parents had sought help for their teenager’s mental health, many had difficulty accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) because their son/daughter’s difficulties were not deemed severe enough.

Full details from our survey can be found on our page - with a detailed analysis of the results being posted later in the day!

If you are a member of the media, and want further information please visit our media page.

If you are aged 13-25 and want a private discussion forum to discuss Dyspraxia in a safe, unassuming and private place please join our Dyspraxia Youth Group - click here to find out more!

Case Study! Today's story comes from Deborah, who talks about her 16 year old son!

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Awareness Week Day 1: Sunday 7th October - #DrWho

Wow! What a start to Awareness Week 2018 - an intergalactic time traveller crashed onto worldwide television which featured an companion who was very happy to discuss his Dyspraxia!

We started awareness week with one of your stories, our ever-popular Awareness Week Case Studies - a story from Becky and her 13 year old daughter - read it here!

The online chat was amazing, with so many people getting involved in the discussion of Dyspraxia online on both twitter and facebook! The discussion is still ongoing, so get involved with #dyspraxia18 and make sure you tag in the BBC and Doctor Who accounts to express your Dyspraxia comments!

The media was full of articles on Dyspraxia, including:

An Article in the Radio Times with comments from our chair, Sophie Kayani - get involved on our Facebook page with your comments - reaching 63,000+ people and counting!

DigitalSpy also have posted an article discussing Dyspraxia.

The Independent also posted an article about 'What is Dyspraxia?'

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Awareness Week is coming!

What to expect during awareness week? We will be announcing the all important results from our recent survey exploring the emotional needs of children with Dyspraxia. We will also be hosting a series of live events throughout the week, sharing your personal stories, launching new information sheets, celebrating our 30th Anniversary with everyone and a lot more! You can join in with the conversation and add your voice across socialmedia by using #Dyspraxia18 - Dyspraxia Awareness is 365 days a year, but lets all put our voices together for awareness week and get ourselves heard!

Previous Awareness Weeks

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hidden challenges, hidden assets

Primary Aged School Children