Dyspraxia also called DCD(Developmental Co-ordination Disorder) is an incredibly common but poorly understood and often missed condition.
Dyspraxia or DCD is a complex, medical condition which not only affects a child’s co-ordination but also many other areas for example, perception, sensory processing, organisation and handwriting. It has a profound impact on the child in all areas of life from learning in school, playing football, making friends and even sleeping at night.
Surprisingly, the number of children with dyspraxia, is high, yet the awareness, even amongst key professionals remains poor. Approximately 6% of children aged between 5-11 years are affected with 2% being severely affected. Our online training for schools & parent workshops, will tell you everything you need to know about dyspraxia and how to support these children.
As a charity we are concerned that whilst most teachers have heard of dyspraxia, few have receieved training in how to recognise and support the children in their class with the condition. We feel this is not only difficult for the child but makes it stressful for the teacher too. Dyspraxia is often termed a “Hidden ” condition. Without training it’s difficult for teachers and professionals to know how to support these children especially in a busy classroom. We know there are approximately 1-3 children in every class affected by dyspraxia but sadly many are not identified.
Our charity is passionate about supporting these children and experience has taught us that the most effective way to do that is by training their teachers. More than that, teachers need somewhere they can ask for more expert advice and support which we provide through our helplines. Equally it’s vital we also support children’s parents/carers in understanding their child’s dyspraxia and they too have a place they can ask advice. We support many families and always try to encourage home and school to work together so they children can really fly!
DID YOU KNOW?
EVERY class has between 1 and 3 children with dyspraxia
Most children with the condition are in mainstream education
A high number of children with dyspraxia have co-occuring conditions or Specific Learnng Difficulties such as dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Speech and Language difficulties, to name the more common ones
Most of the support strategies are free and take little time but have a big impact for the child