Maria talks about her experience of supporting her 15 year old daughter
My 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Developmental Coodination Disorder (Dyspraxia) when she was 13 so quite late in childhood and at a crucial time in her development – the start of the teen years.
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.
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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.
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.
Thank you for agreeing in principle to help with media and publicity work for Dyspraxia Awareness in 2018. This year Dyspraxia Foundation will be focusing on raising awareness of supporting young people aged 11-18 years. This form, which is private and confidential, will help us to know more about you and your experiences as a parent supporting a young person living with dyspraxia.
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Supporting the emotional needs of young people with dyspraxia/DCD (2018) – a parents’ view
Dyspraxia Awareness Week (7 – 13th October) this year focusses on supporting the emotional needs of young people with dyspraxia/DCD. To help raise awareness of the emotional impact of dyspraxia and the support needed to promote good mental health we are launching a survey to highlight the difficulties faced by those with this often misunderstood condition.