Sunday, 14 October 2012

Dyspraxia - 'A Hidden Handicap'?

Following my previous post, I have since found out it is also 'Dyspraxia Awareness Week' in the UK which is focusing on raising understanding of initial indicators of the condition amongst parents of young children so that support can be put in place from an early stage. 

Here is a short NHS video about the condition:

The features of dyspraxia commonly overlap with other conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia and autism. In my experience these often predominate as categories used to describe a child's difficulties / peculiarities, possibly because there is more awareness of them by parents and professionals. But as with any label, it is only useful if it points to a constructive way forward, and it may well be that students being identified as dyslexic or ADHD or autistic would in fact be better served by an additional or replacement identification of dyspraxia, with a view to then accessing the specialist intervention that goes with it.

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