Supporting individuals and families affected by dyspraxia/DCD


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Awareness of dyspraxia is growing, which is vital if we are to provide effective services for children, young people and adults.

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Research – Professional Journal

The importance of recognition in schools and in the medical professions has been well documented. If we are to ensure that those with dyspraxia reach their full potential in life and become useful members of society then it is of paramount importance that all professionals work together. We must have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

It is the aim of the Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal is to disseminate current practices, and research and facilitates continuing education for all professionals working with those affected by dyspraxia. The Journal is dedicated to the advancement of professionals through critical review and clinical application, education of practitioners, research and management of services.

For further information, please contact The Editorial Panel, Dyspraxia Foundation, 8 West, Alley, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1EG or download the Writing for the Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal now.

The Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal is published annually and distributed to Professional and Corporate members of the Foundation. Each issue includes peer-reviewed articles; references to recently published research and a list of professional and corporate members.

Subscription rates: Professional membership £25, Professional membership overseas £30, Corporate membership £40. Back copies may be purchased for £7.50 plus p & p from Dyspraxia Foundation, 8 West Alley, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1EG

The Dyspraxia Foundation is often asked for ideas and support for Dissertations and Research Projects. The following suggestions have been drafted by our Medical Panel and will be added periodically.

  1. Study of co-morbidities with other sensory modalities e.g. auditory/visual due to defective central processing. A structured assessment of these functions to ascertain the difficulties that children with dyspraxia often experience with sensory processing.
  2. Are dyspraxic children with sensory processing difficulties being recognised and given appropriate support or being streamed with others whose difficulties stem from a different source?
  3. What leisure activities do young people with dyspraxia enjoy?
  4. What do dyspraxic children perceive provides the most help? the input being by any individual or organisation.
  5. Does participation in a handwriting programme make a difference to a child’s handwriting in class?
  6. How do young people with dyspraxia feel about their therapy assessment/treatment?
  7. How do you measure confidence and self-esteem in a young person with dyspraxia?
  8. What is the evidence to say that young people with dyspraxia have difficulties with self-care activities?

If you are interested in any of the above suggestions or would like advice or support from the Foundation’s Medical Panel regarding your dissertation or research project, please email or write to The Dyspraxia Foundation Medical Panel, 8 West Alley, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1EG 

The Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal includes references to current research in each issue under the heading 'General Sections'.

In addition, the Foundation’s Medical Panel has collated the following references which you may find useful. These will be added periodically.

  • Addy L (1996) A multi-professional approach to the treatment of developmental coordination disorder. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 3 (11) 593-9 Norton J and Twentyman H ( 1995)
  • Group Therapy for children with coordination problems Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists 75:32-6 Williams et al (1999)
  • The effects of a physiotherapy intervention programme on children with DCD APCP 91: 32 – 40 Glendenning et al( 2003) improving Motor skills and learning skills in dyspraxic children by improving postural base, stability and visual-motor control: a pilot study APCP 109: 9 -21 Quigg J (2003)
  • Effectiveness of Group works for children with learning disabilities. BJTH 10(1) 29-33 Sugden DA & Chambers Me ( 1998) Intervention approaches and children with DCD Paediatric Rehabilitation 2(4) 139 -47
  • College of OT and NAPOT (2003) Children with DCD: Report on a survey of waiting lists and waiting times for OT services for Children with DCD. London College of OTs
  • Lee MG & Smith GN ( 1998) The Effectiveness of Physiotherapy for Dyspraxia. Physiotherapy 84(6): 276 – 8 Lee MG & Smith GN (2002)
  • Lee MG Co-ordination Difficulties Practical Ways Forward
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