Dyspraxia / DCD Ireland launches new information booklet to help families with transition from primary to secondary school

Booklet provides useful hints and tips for children, parents and teachers

 

Dyspraxia / DCD Ireland have launched a practical guide which will assist families experiencing Dyspraxia / DCD with their child’s transition from primary to secondary school.

Entitled ‘The Next Adventure’, the booklet provides constructive advice for families, teachers and educational establishments as well as useful checklists for children, parents and teachers. The author is Dr. Dorothy Armstrong, an Occupational Therapist, who spoke with a wide range of teenagers and young people about their experiences and used their stories to highlight many of the challenges involved in moving from first to second level.

Dyspraxia, a form of Development Coordination Disorder (DCD), is characterised in children and adults by difficulty with thinking out, planning and carrying out sensory/motor tasks. It is estimated that dyspraxia affects up to 8% of the population but due to its varied symptoms, it can often go undiagnosed.

The booklet was launched at an event this morning by Regina Doherty, Government Chief Whip and Fine Gael TD. Other contributors included:

  • Ciara Garvan, Chairperson of Dyspraxia Ireland who welcomed people to the event and spoke about the work of Dyspraxia /DCD Ireland
  • Dr Dorothy Armstrong, author of ‘The Next Adventure’, who advised on how families can prepare for a smooth transition to second level.
  • Teenager Alan Armstrong who discussed his own experiences and shared some valuable tips for children and parents

The Next Adventure’ is available by calling Dyspraxia / DCD Ireland on 01 874 7085 or logging on to www.dyspraxia.ie

Commenting at the launch of the booklet, Ciara Garvan, Chairperson of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland, said:

“Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting task for children with dyspraxia and their parents. We’re delighted to launch ‘The Next Adventure’ today. Dorothy Armstrong’s engagement with teenagers on their own personal experiences gives us a new insight into what young people go through at this stressful time. The stories shared in the booklet will help inform families and teachers about steps they can take to ensure this transition will take place as smoothly as possible.”

About Dyspraxia /DCD

Dyspraxia/DCD is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. Dyspraxia/DCD can affect speech, organisation, planning, sequencing, working memory and various other psychological, emotional and social problems.

There is no cure for dyspraxia, but the earlier a child is treated, the greater the chance of improvement will be.  A lot of the skills that people take for granted will never become automatic for children with Dyspraxia, so they will have to be taught these skills. Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and extra help at school can all assist these children with coping or overcoming many of the difficulties they face.

Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland aims to ensure that adequate resources are available, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, psychological support and education.

 

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