We are a Voluntary Organisation based in Coventry, covering the Coventry and Warwickshire area. We have identified the need for such a group and will be providing the much needed assistance associated with Dyspraxia to sufferers and their families.
We have a friendly and dedicated team of trained and experienced volunteers available to offer a range of services, be it for a child, adult or parent/carer.
[boxibt style=”success”]Our advice line is available Mon-Fri from 10am-4pm all year round.
Tel/Fax: 02476 337737 or 07939 167373
Group meetings are held bi-weekly, all year round for children, adults and families. Here you will be able to join in the activities with your child or have a chat with other parents or adult sufferers and meet new friends. The meetings are held in a secure and non threatening environment and refreshments are available.
Daytrips and holidays are to be arranged throughout the year along with fund raising events.
[boxibt style=”success”]To find out about what is going on take a look at our events diary on our website.
What is dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia is taken from two Greek words:
Dys meaning ‘abnormal’ or ‘ill’ and Praxis meaning ‘movement’
Dyspraxia is a Motor Planning Disorder that affects Movement and Learning. It mainly affects boys and is thought to affect at least 2% of the population. Dyspraxia is a Developmental Disorder and unfortunately, because of lack of awareness, is not widely recognised in the Community. If the Condition is not recognised at an early stage it can lead to Secondary problems and the child may suffer very low self-esteem and a great lack of confidence.
How to recognise a child with Dyspraxia
The child with dyspraxia may have a combination of several the following:
- Having poor balance. Unable to ride a bike, hop, skip or jump.
- Being sensitive to touch. Brushing past someone with Dyspraxia may hurt him or her or a small bump will cause distress.
- Having poor fine and gross motor co-ordination. This affects their large movements and they may have problems holding a pencil, art brush and threading beads.
- Having poor posture. They appear to be slouching or looking down.
- Having difficulties with throwing and catching a ball.
- Having a Poor sense of direction. May become confused and even lost.
- Having a poor awareness of body position in space. May bump into things and cannot gauge doorways etc.
- Being sensitive to sound. Having a dislike to loud noises e.g School Parties and discos may be avoided. They may cover their ears.
- Having a great sensitivity to smell. Will dislike strong food/outdoor smells and may hold their nose.
- Over-sensitive taste. They may grimace at certain tasting foods.
- A dislike of having hair or teeth brushed. They will avoid having their hair and nails cut also. Confused about which hand to use.
- Inability to feed themselves. May use Fork only or prefer to finger feed.
- Slow to learn to dress. They find it hard to turn clothes the right way round and have problems with garments that are inside out. May wear clothes back to front.
- Finding some clothes uncomfortable. Will avoid woollens or “scratchy” materials. They will find labels irritating.
- Having difficulties with reading, writing and copying.
- Speech problems – slow to learn to speak and speech may be incoherent. May mumble or speak quietly.• Having no understanding of in / on / behind / in front of etc.
- Being unable to socialise and/or keep friends. May overly seek the attentions of a particular friend. May play alone or seek the comfort of an adult. Due to immaturity the child may prefer the company of younger children.
It is important that Dyspraxia is diagnosed in the early years in order for intervention to take place.
What can I do if I suspect my child has Dyspraxia?
Speak to your GP or Health Visitor if the child is very young. If the child attends Nursery or School, speak to their Teacher or Head Teacher about your concerns. They may well have recognised some difficulties in the setting. Your local Parent Partnership can also help.
What will happen next?
Assessments will take place. These are carried out by a variety of departments including O/T, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language, Psychologists, Paediatricians and CAMHS. Some, or all of these professionals may assess your child. Once a diagnosis has been made, these professionals will carry out the relevant intervention. Strategies for helping and teaching your child may also be put in place. Aides to assist in the home may also be given to you.
There are several books available for Parents, Carers and Teachers about Dyspraxia and ways to help. A list of available resources is available from us.
[boxibt style=”success”]Please contact Val Alleyne: 07939 167373