Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2018: Case Study – Lucia

Lucia talks about her experience of supporting her 12 year old son

My son is our first child. As a baby he was generally happy and content. He didn’t crawl, and walked when he was 15 months old. We did not think this was unusual or concerning. He went to nursery from 9months of age, where he enjoyed the company of other children, but he did not like loud noises, messy play or being dirty. He cried everyday when I left him at nursery (where he remained until the age of 4!), even though we were told he didn’t take long to settle and was very happy during the day. Potty training took a while, but we were always told this was not unusual “being a boy”. He started talking very early and we thought this was great (“isn’t he clever…”); he did stammer for a bit; we thought it was more pressure of speech than a stammer and didn’t seek help.  Our daughter was born when he was two, and soon we started to notice differences in their development. A bit of this was put down to “girls are so different”, so we did not think much about this. He remembers his time in nursery as very happy. ...read more

Awareness Week Website Technical Issues

Whilst we are actively looking to resolve some technical issues with our website, please feel free to look around the rest of our website for more information on Dyspraxia/DCD. Our Awareness Week Case Studies are available to view on this website, including our new Help Sheet for Parents on Anxiety. ...read more

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2018: Case Study – Meryl

Meryl talks about her experience of supporting her 12 year old son

My Son was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 10 although we suspected he had it for several years earlier.  We were aware of the condition as a cousin’s son had already been diagnosed with it, it if had not been for him then we probably would not have heard of it. ...read more

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2018 – Case Study – Deborah

Deborah talks about her experience of supporting her 16 year old son

My son was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the early age of 5. Once diagnosed we had fantastic help from a wonderful Occupational Therapist. We did have to change primary schools as the first school were insisting that my son was naughty for not doing his work, when they weren’t presenting it to him in a way that he could easily understand. After the change in school, my son flourished, so much so that he passed the selective test for our local Grammar School. ...read more

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2018 – Case Study – Becky

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We launch this years awareness week with a story from Becky and supporting her 13 year old daughter

Our daughter C initially needed most support in relation to her delayed speech – she only said a couple of words until she was nearly 5.  Makaton signing including the TV programme ‘Something Special’ was a Godsend!  Working with a humorous and creative speech and language therapist was very helpful. Getting a diagnosis was harder as it became clear that she also had difficulties doing physical things quickly such as standing up from a chair at nursery and learning complex tasks such as tying shoe laces (something she has now learned but has probably forgotton again).  It’s all too easy to regard her as lazy or unmotivated but her enthusiasm and curiosity are an inspiration, especially for discovering new places. ...read more

Research Participants: Oxford Brookes University

Coordination dynamics in adults and children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder

At Oxford Brookes University we are looking for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder/dyspraxia aged from 9-15years to take part in our study. We are interested in exactly how children co-ordinate different parts of their body, their arms with their legs with their trunk etc. To do this we are asking families to come along to our lab at Oxford Brookes and to have their movement recorded while performing a fun pedalling task. ...read more

New series of Doctor Who reveals character with Dyspraxia

As initially reported by entertainment website DigitalSpy the new season of Doctor Who has a character with Dyspraxia.

The first episode of the new series, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth‘, which premieres on Sunday 7th October (during Dyspraxia Awareness Week) reveals that Ryan (played by Tosin Cole) has dyspraxia.

Speaking at the launch of Doctor Who‘s new series in Sheffield, Chris Chibnall (Lead writer and series producer) said: “We did a lot of research into that, we worked with the Dyspraxia Foundation… it was important, because people live with these things. ...read more