Dyspraxia

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.

Recommended.

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.

Dyspraxia can be serious – it deserves more recognition

You know I am going to love copying a headline like the one above, from an article in www.theguardian.com.

Experiences of an adult dyspraxic

Many times I would come home to crash on my bed, unable to move because my brain was completely unable to keep my body upright any longer.

I mistakenly thought that I would magically grow out of these issues. I had hoped that one day I would wake up as an adult and have that super power that most adults seemed to have: Capability. Instead of getting better, I became worse.

www.calledtoquestion.blogspot.com has an article from an adult dyspraxic.

6 Ways Dyspraxia Can Affect Your Childs Social Life - a cheat sheet

Dyspraxia can affect the way your child relates to family, teachers and classmates. Below you’ll find six ways that kids with dyspraxia may struggle with social skills—and the reasons behind this.> Sometimes trying to explain to someone quickly why your child is just a little different is sometimes challenging. I love the summary cheat sheet at www.understood.org - and it might also be something to put on your own fridge as a reminder to yourself when those moments when the frustration grows...

40% of teenagers with dyspraxia said they felt anxious all of the time

In a recent survey by charity the Dyspraxia Foundation, 95% of parents and carers of teenagers with dyspraxia said their child feels anxious due to issues such as being late for lessons, forgetting appointments, losing books or equipment and poor presentation of their written work.

What's more, 40% of teenagers with dyspraxia said they felt anxious 'all of the time'.

Any parent of a dyspraxic child will already know this though. Check out the article at www.parentdish.co.uk for more details.

Learning and attention Issues and the Brain

Kids with learning and attention issues often have trouble academically and sometimes also outside of school. BBut that doesn't mean that they can't learn or that they're lazy. Research shows that certain areas of thei brain don't always function properly affecting learning and behaviour. Here's how [read more at Understood.org]

The Jyrobike - the self balancing bike is a real thing...

The Jyrobike is a self balancing bike designed for kids, but especially useful for those who have coordination issues (such as dyspraxics). Basically, it stays upright, and if pushed over, returns to upright.

I struggled to convince my partner that this was a real thing...but it is. You can see it in action with a young dyspraxic here, and see a little more (including pre-order pricing) here.

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