Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia

  • Medically known as ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder or DCD’
  • Difficulty with buttoning/unbuttoning, zips, getting ready
  • Left–right confusion, wear clothes inside out/back to front
  • Messy eating, prefers to eat with hands
  • Slow and immature handwriting, despite practice
  • Poor ball catching and throwing skills
  • Some use left and right hand interchangeably
  • Clumsy with running and team sports
  • Shy from sports or physical activity
  • Significant emotional and behavioural problems
  • Physical complaints to avoid work e.g. hands ache with writing
  • Can lead to being tearful, anxious, depressed, isolated, withdrawn
  • Has impact on learning, achievement, relationships
  • Hassle-free and easy to book appointments
  • No waiting list to worry about
  • Comprehensive and evidence-based assessments
  • Choice of dates with appointments for convenience
  • Detailed diagnostic report that can help you in getting the right help, support and services
  • Early intervention means better outcomes for your child
  • I review reports from school
  • Carry out an DCD-specific developmental and family history
  • Observe/elicit DCD specific behaviours and difficulties through play-based tests
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment for children under 8 years
  • Carry out full physical examination including neurology, to rule out medical problem
  • Growth assessment
  • Inspect for associated conditions if any e.g. ADHD, Dyslexia, ASD
  • Review information from tests
  • Build a picture of your child’s strengths, weaknesses and needs
  • Provide you with a clear diagnostic report confirming or ruling out Dyspraxia/DCD
  • Offer you information about local and national sources of support and information
  • Give you DCD-specific strategies
  • Supply you with necessary interventions and adaptations
  • Advice regarding an Occupational Therapy review, when required
  • You could use medical report e.g. to gain extra support at school, claim allowances
  • You will feel empowered to enable your child from this holistic assessment and action plan
  • Present you with an option for follow-up, if required