Dealing with school mornings

The routine of a school morning with a child on the spectrum can be challenging, frustrating, stressful.

Mornings are a lot less manic now. I have time to get ready and make a real breakfast while my son makes his way through his schedule. We can both leave ready for the day without feeling so rushed. And you know what? He’s a lot happier that he’s getting more than just toast for breakfast.

Strategies for dealing with Anxiety

For many on the spectrum, dealing with anxiety is a lifetime challenge, and in many cases, it only becomes manageable when they can develop strategies or frameworks.

Head over to thinkoutsideofthecardboardbox.blogspot.com to see Rosie's comments on Dyspraxia/dyslexia and anxiety strategies, including:

5 things you never knew about dyspraxia

5 things you never knew about dyspraxia - Infographic

Most people know what dyslexia is, but many don’t understand what dyspraxia is, and up to 50% of people with dyslexia also have dyspraxia, such as myself. It’s important that people are aware of dyspraxia and the impacts and positivity it can have on day to day life, many things people just simply take for granted.

What’s the Difference Between Dyscalculia and Math Troubles Associated With Dyslexia and Dyspraxia?

Understanding where your child sits on the spectrum is a key step forward - but sadly, not always that simple, and sometimes it seems to evolve as your child moves through different life stages. www.understood.org has a short commentary on understanding the difference between dyscalculia, and dyspraxia and dyslexia.

Dyspraxia embracing the positives

I have had the pleasure of meeting many hugely intelligent, insightful, kind, caring, loyal, skilled other dyspraxic people and their families, who are successful, living independently, in long term relationships, who have enlightened my conversations, brought something different to the table, and whom I've often laughed until my tummy hurts when we share the quirks and funny stories which happened over the years. Quirky is good, quirky should be embraced.

Daniel Radcliffe on Dyspraxia

Daniel Radcliffe has gone from being a geeky, and surprised young actor to an edgy and adventurous thespian, and along the way has gained a lot of admirers.

And I think was probably one of the reasons for Our most popular article ever.... So it is great to see him talking on www.facebook.com/wsj talking so encouragingly about dyspraxia.

Abby Vegas Hi Daniel, my 10 year old daughter has dyspraxia. Do you have any encouraging words for her? Thank you.

Dyspraxia: What You’re Seeing - a summary of your child at different ages

The symptoms of dyspraxia vary from one person to the next and may change as kids get older. If you’re concerned your child may have dyspraxia, get to know common signs among preschoolers and kids in elementary, middle and high school.

Understood.org have some great resources - and this one is brilliant because it gives parents a heads up on what they can expect from their children at different stages.


10 Things Teachers Should Know About Dyspraxia

www.enablemethod.com have another great "cheat sheet" for teachers - some of the headings are below, but the details they give make their advice clear and actionable.

1. Dyspraxia is not a ‘made up’ condition

2. A child may not have been diagnosed before they are in your classroom

3. There is training available to you to make you better prepared and educated about the condition.

4. Building relationships is key

5. Offering specialist support where necessary can help a child’s development

An explanation of the causes, symptoms and treatment of dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a complex disorder in which individuals lack the coordination of their motor activity, speech, assessment, body balance and movement. In these people, a variety of cognitive skills such as memory, perception, thought processes are usually disrupted, although the intelligence remains unaffected. In addition, the nervous system and the immune system suffered a major setback. Dyspraxia is widely known as Developmental Coordination Disorder. Diagnosis is done by examining the symptoms of dyspraxia.