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Any good websites on Dyspraxia/DCD?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Dobbinstar, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. Dobbinstar

    Dobbinstar New commenter

    Hi there

    I'm looking for any good resources on Dyspraxia/DCD, particularly help with diagnosing it or advice for teachers on working with dyspraxic pupils.

    It just seems to be one of those areas not really covered within the mainstream SEN framework.


  2. Hi
    This website is by a teaching assistant, Hazel Carr who successfully runs motor skills courses for the primary school children at her school.
    Regular specific exercises on balance, core strength and eyetracking is so beneficial for these children if it can be provided. Hazel Carr shows how.
  3. Anything from Madeleine Portwood is worth looking at.
    But take note of the above, it IS a medical diagnosis.
  4. Hi Rob,
    Dr Amanda Kirby is one of the leading expert regarding Dyspraxia/DCD and the Dyscovery Centre, which she set up, has lots of resources and training courses available
    She also talks about Dyspraxia/DCD on a video on the Dystalks website, describing symptoms etc, this is very helpful [​IMG]
    As far as getting a diagnosis, if you have a school nurse, they can refer the child to the schools doctor, within the local health authority and they will send them to an Occupational Therapist, who will do some tests, all non-invasive (threading shoelaces, drawing shapes, handwriting, using a knife and fork, standing on one leg etc) or the Parents can ask for a referral themselves from their GP.
    Once the test results are back, then the School Doctor or Hospital Paediatrician will make a diagnosis, obviously this doesn't always automatically mean the child with get a statement (in most cases, they won't) but will probably be on school action plus.
    Motor Skills programmes are always good for children on the Autisitc Spectrum, but the child should get these from the Occupational Therapist.
    Obviously, the motor skills programmes are very similar to the pre-school Tumble tots type, so P.E is still such a big thing for these children, from trying to get dressed and undressed to trying to actually understand what is needed and then attempting to co-ordinate, it can be a very frustrating and demoralising time for them.
    As attention is normally a problem too, you may find that keeping the child at the front of the class useful and when you see there attention going, ask them to help you in some way and then when they sit down, just check they remember what they are supposed to be doing.
    Breaking down tasks is also helpful, otherwise they may forget what you have asked them to do, if you give them a list of 10 things, they will probably only remember the last few.
    Also they may need a scribe, if there handwriting is very bad or painful or a Laptop/Alphasmart for an older child.
    I hope this is helpful for you

  5. Thanks for the comments regarding the Dyscovery Centre

    We have a free and easy to use site with lots of information and practical ideas on www.boxofideas.org and a site www.move627.org regarding transition issues
    Amanda Kirby
  6. Try reading Madeleine Portwood's books, she gives check-lists for this. DCD is a multi agency diagnosis and one of the most difficult childhood things to diagnose.
  7. Just pointing out that the reason it's difficult to diagnose is that, like many other developmental disorders, DCD is a diagnosis based on a cluster of symptoms that often lack specificity. Not on a disorder with a known causal pathway.
    Basically it's a label. A helpful label, because it helps locate strategies that have supported other children with similar difficulties, but still a label for all that. Different children might have different symptoms or different causes for similar symptoms and that should be borne in mind.

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