Dyspraxia Awareness Week takes place between 09th – 16th October 2016 and takes place to raise awareness of Dyspraxia nationwide.

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia, is a disorder that affects movement and co-ordination. Dyspraxia is thought to affect around 3% of adults in the UK, and is more commonly found in men.  It is also recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation.

People who suffer with Dyspraxia find difficulty participating in any physical activity including tasks that require balance, kicking or throwing a ball and fine motor skills which includes using small objects carefully, such as a pen when writing. Adults with Dyspraxia sometimes have social and emotional difficulties too, as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation; therefore, Dyspraxia easily affects one’s ability to participate and function in education or employment.

Dyspraxia is commonly linked to other health conditions including Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and speech or language impairments or often people with autism; and although there is no cure for Dyspraxia there are many therapies available to help the individual cope with the different challenges they face.

Talk training deliver Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) workshops (Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and ADHD) to all staff to help raise general awareness and so that assessors understand what simple measures they can take to support learners with SpLD. Talk training will be running Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia workshops on the 19th October to coincide with Dyspraxia Awareness Week which will be followed by Dyscalculia and ADHD workshops in November.

There is more information on the Dyspraxia Foundation website here: http://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/about-dyspraxia/