Jul-08 Newsletter

Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust

July/August 2008 Newsletter

Hello everyone and welcome to the July/August Newsletter.

We hope you are all surviving the winter weather and managing to avoid the flu's and colds around at this time of year.

Firstly, an important request for all those who are receiving this newsletter and other commincations from us via email. Whenever we send out an email to everyone, we always find there are usually at least three or four that don't reach their intended recipients. This tends to be because the email addresses they were sent to have been changed in some way. Often because the person has changed their internet service provider (ISP) or sometimes, in the case of the people who have a business email address, have changed where they work.
If this applies to you at some point in the future and you still wish to receive emails and newsletters, we ask that you contact us to advise what your new email address is please. It would be great if you could keep this in mind, as lots of people seem to be changing their ISP's these days, since de-regulation of the telecommunications industry occurred.

Ok, now that's out of the way, down to the rest of business. July and August are proving to be very busy months for us. We have been busy beavering away on the construction of our website, which is still a work in progress but worth a visit.

Go to: www.aucklanddyspraxia.org.nz

If you haven't already had the opportunity to take a look, check it out and let us know what you think. If you have any suggestions/ideas about what else would be helpful, please drop us an email. We will be updating the site with new events/ resource materials/ items of interest/ new articles/ contacts etc. on an ongoing basis, as they come to hand. So try to visit the website on a regular basis if you can, as there may be events which other organisations are hosting, that you might be interested in attending from time to time.

We have one such event taking place in early August, called “Know How Day”, which we are sure you won't want to miss. Lookout for more information about this very important event further down the page!

We also have a second, equally important and exciting, evening lecture that we are hosting at our August Meeting on Tuesday, 19th August 2008. You definitely won't want to miss this one, see below for details.


We wish to extend special thanks to several people:
Firstly, to Mike Kinney for the wonderful work he does running the Martial Arts and physical self-awareness programme. We are sure the children who attend are receiving great benefit from these classes.

Secondly, special thanks goes out to Nicola and Mark Thomas, of QSP Print for all the ongoing support they provide for our printing needs. It makes our lives so much easier being able to hand this task over to you, when needed. We ask that if anyone reading this newsletter has any printing requirements in their day to day life, that they would consider sending their business to QSP Print. They are a small business and it would be nice to show them how much their generous support of our group, is appreciated by all the people out there who benefit from it.

Once again, we also want to re-iterate our thanks to Benefitz, for those fantastic banners. They are being widely used for our up and coming workshops.

A big “thank you” to Felicity Roberts, of Autism Auckland, for ongoing support of the Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust and the collaborative work we have been able to achieve between our two organisations. Many thanks Felicity!

Lastly, we wish to acknowledge Bill Thomas and Marilyn Billett-Thomas for the work they have done setting up our website. We could not have achieved our website without their input, three cheers guys, thank you so much from Bonnie Williams and the Auckland Dyspraxia team.


July Meeting:
We are very sorry to have to advise everyone that the meeting for July has had to be cancelled. This is due to us all being very busy preparing resources for “KNOW HOW DAY“ (see more details about this important day, later in this newsletter). Our next meeting will now be in August – see below.

August Meeting:
We are extremely fortunate to have secured our key speaker, Dr Cathy Stinear, from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland where she is a Senior Lecturer for Applied Clinical Neuroscience. Her talk will be about Dyspraxia: a neuroscience review. We are sure that her wealth of knowledge on this subject should provide an evening that is of high importance to everyone who is interested in learning more about Dyspraxia. We would urge you all to come along to hear Dr Stinear speak, as it will be of interest to parents, carers, teachers and health professionals alike!
Our AGM is to be held prior to the presentation by our key speaker.

The Place:
Phab Centre
8 Auburn Street
(there is plenty of off street parking available)

The Date:
19th August 2008

The Time
7.15pm (Please Note: Earlier Start Time)



Friday, 8th August 2008

Level 1, ASB Lounge
Harbour Function Centre
North Harbour Stadium
Stadium Drive

9.30am to 2.00pm

As I said earlier, this is a very important event for us. We will have a stand at Know How Day so come along and say “hello” and have a chat to the people manning the stand. We will try our best to answer any questions you may have. As part of the Informative Seminars that will take place during the day, Bonnie will be giving a presentation about “How Sensory Impairment Affects Children Suffering From Dxspraxia”. This will be a very interesting subject for anyone who would like to have a better understanding of what Dyspraxia is. It will provide insight into the affects Dyspraxia has on a child's ability to deal with day to day situations and life in general. So make a note of the date etc. in your diary now, you won't want to miss it!

Below are more details of what Know How Day is all about and who else is going to be there:

Come along to this free information day for parents/carers and those who work with children with disabilities. Altogether in one place; community support groups, service providers, recreation facilitators, education and therapeutic opportunities, toy and equipment suppliers.

Know How Day is for people who care for children and young people who have a disability, special need or learning challenges.
Parents and carers often tell us that it is difficult to find information on what opportunities or supports are available for their child to access.
Know How Day brings together a diverse range of stand holders who provide services to families or children • Free Entry • Informative Seminars • Refreshments available to purchase • Plenty of parking • Everyone Welcome

Who should attend:
Parents, carers, support people, health and education professionals,
Suppliers, Community Organisations with a link to the disability sector, Service Providers.
Standholders to Date: Accessable, Brain Gym, Dyspraxia, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Cleft Lip Palate, Epilepsy NS, WDHB Child Development Services, Laura Ferguson Trust, Learning Skills 4 Kids, Parent to Parent, Altogether Autism, Down Syndrome Group, Carers NZ, Teenadders, Creative Toys, Taikura Trust, Medix 21, Conductive Ed, Belmont School,Youthtown, Toughlove, PHAB, Complex Carers Group, Asthma NZ, Manawanui InCharge, Janet McVeagh, Barnardos, Speld, IDEA Services, BM Enterprises, Touch Compass, Edge Employment, Sport North Harbour, Zabonne, Parent and Family Resource Centre, Youth and Disability Law, DORE, Recreate, Alternative to Violence, Variety, NZ Relay, Muscular Dystrophy Northern, Spectrum Care, Group Special Ed, BIA Auckland, Burn Support Group, Autism NZ Auckland, Arthritis NS, Snowplanet Adaptive Snowsports, CCS, HDC, Talklink, WINZ, All Together (Parents Website)

For more information phone: Sally at Wilson Home Trust on 488 4688 ext. 5828 or
Sally@wilsonhometrust.org.nz or Barb at ‘Yes’ Ability Achievement Centre on 414 5360 or Barb@yesability.org.nz



Just a big reminder to everyone!!!
Don't forget to contact us as soon as possible to register the names of family members who are wishing to attend the 2008 Camp.
17th, 18th and 19th October 2008
YMCA Lodge,
Shakespeare Bay,

The Camp is open to children and young people from 8 years of age through to adulthood.

So please take the opportunity to register your interest as soon as possible and secure your place, as numbers are limited!

The camp experience is a wonderful opportunity for our children to gain new, long term and extremely valuable skills. It helps to create high self-esteem, which is so important for their future.

If you require further information about the camp, you can contact either:

Marilyn Billett-Thomas - Ph: (09) 478 4874
Maureen Buchanan - Ph: (09) 410 4547


Mike Kinney has been successfully running these classes for several months now.
This Martial Arts and usually runs fortnightly, the next lesson will be 2.30pm on Saturday, 9th August 2008.

The Place:

Wilson Home Hall
Wilson Home
Entry from either Lake Road or St Leonards Road

Just a note if you haven't attended one of Mike's classes before:
It would be advisable to check our website first, before you make the trip to Takapuna. This is just to ensure the class is definitely on, as very occasionally Mike needs to change the date of his classes. He is going to try to let us know ahead of time when this happens and the changes will be posted on the website, go to: www.aucklanddyspraxia.org.nz/events.php
If you don't have access to a computer, you can phone Mike on: 478 6416
or Bonnie on: 473 9055.


We are sorry to see Sue Robertson has moved on from Parent and Family. Sue has been an incredible representative for families of all kinds of disabilities, especially those with ASD. You will be sadly missed Sue, but the Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust team wish you well in your new venture.


For information about items mentioned or any other matters of interest please contact:
Bonnie Williams Phone: 473 9055
Marilyn Billett-Thomas Phone: 478 4874


The members of the Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust have the following goals:

To raise society awareness of Dyspraxia and associated problems.

To provide our members and their families, with information in relation to the services, products and programmes available for those inflicted with Dyspraxia and associated problems.

However, all information provided by the Trust is for information purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust.
The Trust accepts no responsibility for any decisions made by a recipient to use and/or endorse any of the information, services, products or programmes.

We are proudly sponsored by:
QSP Print for all your printing needs
Benefitz, Advertising Design Solutions