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A short film about Dyspraxia
Contact us on 01462 454986
Films about living with dyspraxia and the BBC series of Tree Fu Tom
All in a good cause, Dyspraxia awareness week 10k runners, apply now for this years race.
Our Helpline is now open
We are delighted to have our Helpline up and running again, offering help and advice to adults, parents, carers and families on and about Dyspraxia. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
call 01462 454986
How can you help spread the word?
We are fast approaching the end of year 2 of our 3 year project. ‘Dyspraxia Diffusion’ funded by the Big Lottery Fund to employ a full time Information Officer and offer a vital Helpline Service. Lisa McCarthy and trained volunteers are busy answering calls and emails from 9 -5, Monday to Friday but there are still parents, adults with dyspraxia, health and education professionals and employers who do not know we are here ready to help. You can help by downloading an A4 Poster or A3 Poster and putting up in your local school, surgeries, hospitals, parent groups, places of work, or anywhere people will see it. Or contact us for copies if you could use a supply in your area.
or call us on 01462 455016
Dyspraxia Foundation AGM & Summer Conference
Saturday 27th June 2015
10.00am — 3.45pm
The Auditorium, Norton Rose LLP
3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ
All members of the Dyspraxia Foundation are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) starting with Registration at 10.00am. The AGM will be followed by a conference for parents and professionals in health and education, teaching staff, students and adults with dyspraxia. Talks ‘Supporting Tom in Secondary School’ Experienced trainer at schools, colleges and universities Cathy Parvin tells a true story about a young man with DCD /dyspraxia at Secondary School. This presentation identifies the challenges Tom faced, his skill in trying to overcome these difficulties and the strategies which were implemented to support him both at school and home. ‘Overcoming difficulties and achieving goals’ Liam Plumridge (age 24) talks about his life growing up with dyspraxia from a teenager on his journey across the Andes with the BBC production ‘Beyond Boundaries’ to University and lecturing on dyspraxia and PE. Liam was the first Dyspraxia Ambassador, youngest Trustee and made a significant contribution to awareness and fundraising. Liam is a mad football fan and will be dyspraxic throughout his life A young adult with dyspraxia talks about ‘Growing up with dyspraxia and how to excel with the right attitude and hard work.’ Fees: Non-member £50/DF Standard, Professional or Corporate members £25 In addition, we are pleased to offer individuals on low income and students a reduced rate of £15. Fees include delegate packs, refreshments, lunch and exhibition of resources. To book your place please complete and return the AGM and conference 2015 booking form to us at AGM & Summer Conference Dyspraxia Foundation 8 West Alley Hitchin SG5 1EG For further information please contact us Email:[email protected] Tel: 01462 455016 The Dyspraxia Foundation would like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright for kindly hosting this event.
Dyspraxia - The positive side revealed
I was born twenty seven years ago when knowledge about dyspraxia was in it’s infancy and the Dyspraxia Foundation had just started and the first few years were a bit of a struggle for me. If you want to know what it’s like to be at primary school with dyspraxia try using small scissors to cut out a person shape whilst wearing oven gloves! Still I like to think I have a ‘Can do’ attitude there were some things I could do like I could ride a pedal cycle without stabilisers at 4 years old and because of my parents confidence in me I progressed to a motorbike at 6 years old. School life was always a bit of a challenge, especially anything involving sequencing, which seems to be just about everything!………………. More on this story and others can be seen in the members area Positive Stories page and some excerpts on our Facebook page. Details on membership are below.
'Dyspraxia - The Foundations' Now available in Kindle format
A comprehensive introduction to dyspraxia with quick and easy e- links to relevant information on the Dyspraxia Foundation website. The book covers, diagnosis, what dyspraxia is and isn’t, its impact, movement difficulties, family issues, visual learning difficulties,support strategies and more. This is an excellent and inexpensive book for those starting out on their journey with dyspraxia, but equally is excellent additional information for anyone interested in the condition, with prior knowledge, or who supports someone with the condition. It avoids complicated jargon and is a really accessible book which can be read as a whole or dipped into as needs arise. It is the only book to date with a detailed chapter on visual learning difficulties written by an expert in the field. Available from the Amazon Kindle store – Dyspraxia – The Foundation by Gill Dixon Also available free to members through the Members Only section, join today
A comparison of the level of fatigue and associated psychosocial impairments experienced by adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) with that of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
The Dyscovery Centre are currently looking for adults aged 18 or above to take part in a research project investigating the level of fatigue and other factors experienced by adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). We are conducting the study because the Centre is increasingly seeing clients in clinic with DCD who are reporting high levels of fatigue. In addition, there have been no studies investigating whether the fatigue experienced in these cases is caused by increased physical exertion (physical fatigue), due to increased cognitive load (mental fatigue), or indeed a combination of both. The purpose of the study is to compare the level and type of fatigue being reported by adults with DCD to the fatigue experienced by adults with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). We will also compare both the DCD and CFS groups with a group of adults who do not have either. You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires, in the form of an online survey, which have been used in previous studies to assess the nature and level of fatigue in CFS. This will take the form of ticking the appropriate boxes and will take between 20-30 minutes to complete. You will, if you prefer, be able to complete the questionnaire at your own pace, as you can leave the questionnaire and return to it at a later date. Paper versions of the questionnaire will also be available on request. We will use the information that you give us to compare a group of individuals with DCD to a group with CFS and a group who do not have DCD or CFS. We will not identify any individuals who take part. If you are over 18 years old and have a diagnosis of DCD and you wish to take part in the study please email us at: [email protected] or telephone The Dyscovery Centre 01633 432330 and ask for Dr Marie Thomas.
Research Participants Required
Researchers at University College London are currently running a study to examine the relationship between visual perception and movement skills in Developmental Coordination Disorder
- We are recruiting male and female children and adults aged between 4 and 60 years old with a diagnosis of a Developmental Coordination Disorder, dyspraxia or clumsiness
- This study will involve one session lasting approximately 90 minutes at University College London (5 minutes from Kings Cross) or a local support group.
- During this time you will be asked to complete a word and pattern matching task, short computer games, a questionnaire about your previous and current motor skills and some quick motor tasks
- You will be paid travel expenses (up to £20) for your participation
- Your participation will enable us to gain a better understanding of how variations in visual perception contribute to movement skills, which may be useful in helping those with coordination problems
If you are interested in learning more about this project and taking part, please contact Fleur Corbett [email protected] for further details, providing your name, age and a contact telephone number.
Run the world’s greatest route and raise funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation!
British 10K London Run
Sunday, 12th July 2015 / 9.35am Start
The 15th Anniversary British 10K London Run is staged on the world’s greatest route through the heart of central London passing many of the capitals truly world class historic landmarks including the WW2 Bomber Command Memorial, St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Runner Kieran Wassell says “I have run the British 10K London Run for the Dyspraxia Foundation for the past 9 years – this run will be my tenth time around the course. I never expected to be still running the race 10 years on but I really enjoy it. The crowds are fantastic, the scenery great and it’s different to other half marathons I do. It’s a chance to meet others with dyspraxia and on top of all that a fun day out as well. You don’t need to be fit or fast to do the run, some people take a couple of hours but the main thing is to enjoy it and take in the great atmosphere as well as getting valuable sponsorship for the Foundation! Why not join me at the start on Sunday, 12th July!! “ This unique event attracted over 20,700 runners in 2014 and the majority of places are only available through a registered charity. It is an ideal opportunity for the Foundation to raise much needed funds whilst raising awareness of dyspraxia. Places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and we are asking for a registration fee of £40 for each entry (this can be deducted from the total raised) and a pledge to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship. Runners receive a Dyspraxia Foundation T Shirt or Running Vest and plenty of support plus a special 15th Anniversary Medal from the organisers along with chip timing and London attractions discounts. To find out more about the route please see http://www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk/ For further details call 01462 455016 or email [email protected] or simply download the Registration Form here
DON’T DELAY – JOIN TODAY!!
The Dyspraxia Foundation membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year. Please do become a member and join us as we continue to raise awareness and understanding of Dyspraxia and support those affected by the condition. The Foundation depends entirely on membership subscriptions and donations to survive. Download your Membership form here Membership form 2015-16 Standard/Professional members paying by Standing Order receive a £2 discount download the Membership Standing Order Form here. Please complete your details and return the form to us for processing. We look forward to hearing from you. Alternatively , membership can also be purchased from our webshop http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/shopping/shop/search-products/?min_price=1&max_price=49
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Robert Farrow swims the English Channel to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation!
Congratulations to Robert Farrow who swam the English Channel today (02.09.14) to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation! Robert completed his marathon swim in just 12 hours and 57mins – what an achievement !!! Why did Robert chose to support the Dyspraxia Foundation? “Because this condition personally affects me. I understand […]
Local Author raises awareness of dyspraxia and shows generous Business Heart to Bromsgrove art students
Emma Austin-Jones, already a published poet, has written a series of children’s books; they are both gentle and informative. They convey a simple and subtle message about friendship overcoming differences, without forcing the issue. Emma has also created a life-changing opportunity for art students at Bromsgrove College who have been invited to enter a competition […]
NEW WEBSITE HELPS EVERYTHING ‘CLICK’ INTO PLACE AS PART OF OFFICIAL RELAUNCH OF THE DYSPRAXIA FOUNDATION
Following the hugely successful Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2013 (which ran from 13 – 19 October) and the launch of a much awaited UK-wide Helpline Service, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce its new-look website, thanks to a grant from Olympus KeyMed. …read more