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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources from year 1 to GCSE, made accessible for children with SEND. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting.

Mandy, our Head of SEND provides a generalised overview on some of the most common questions when it comes to supporting your child’s education.

Please note: It’s important to remember that each diagnosis is unique to the individual. There are personal, LA and regional differences in diagnostic routes and available interventions.

Dyspraxia is a condition affecting physical coordination, which causes a child to perform at a lower level than expected in daily activities for his or her age, and appear to move clumsily.

If you’re concerned that your child may have dyspraxia you should contact your GP. They can refer you on to an Occupational Therapist, SENCo or paediatrician to assess for DCD diagnosis. Symptoms are apparent at a young age, so it may be more likely that it’s diagnosed before your child starts full time school. There are factors that can increase the risk of DCD such as, premature birth, low birth weight or a family history of DCD. Dyspraxia can co-occur with other learning difficulties which can make it hard to diagnose.

Some behaviours and symptoms that you may see in a child with DCD

Children with Dyspraxia may have difficulty playing with toys that involve good coordination, such as stacking bricks. They may have some difficulties learning to eat with cutlery, writing, drawing and using scissors. This is due to poor hand-eye coordination or dexterity.

Your child’s handwriting and drawings may appear scribbled and more childish than other children their age. Getting dressed, doing up buttons, tying shoelaces and keeping still may also be difficult for your child. Children with DCD may swing their arms and legs or may have trouble standing still for short periods of time.

DCD Superpowers

People with DCD all have their own personal attributes and skills on top of DCD superpowers, such as resilience and adaptability! Adaptability is a great superpower to have as you can apply it to any situation that doesn’t suit your learning style. Using creative ideas to adapt an activity also requires strong resilience!

Additional support

  • If your child gets diagnosed with Dyspraxia, they will most likely be seen by an Occupational Therapist to see if there are any easy adaptations that could help them. These appointments may be ongoing and regular, or you may only have one initial appointment- dependant on symptoms.
  • Your child may be eligible for an EHCP and will therefore go through other assessments to determine the outcome.
  • Your child’s school will have to make adaptations to ensure that the child is comfortable and safe whilst they are in their care. These recommendations will be given as a report to you to pass on to your child’s school.

There are lots of simple exercises you can do to help your child’s hand-eye coordination such as catching, throwing and rolling a ball to each other for example. These fun games will help your child develop their gross motor skills.

Scrunching up pieces of paper and hand/finger exercises will help with your child’s fine motor skills and dexterity.

EdPlace worksheets

EdPlace educational resources supports students with dyspraxia

  • All of EdPlace’s activities are accessed on a computer and are interactive or multiple choice, which is very helpful for a student with Dyspraxia as it takes away the pressure of writing long pieces of text.
  • All tasks are no longer than 10-20 minutes long, so as not to tire the young person and keep them fully engaged.
  • All of Edplace’s activities are differentiated to ensure that they are accessible and achievable this raising a child’s confidence and self-belief.
  • As Dyspraxia is usually comorbid with other SLD’s, EdPlace’s accessibility toolbar can be personalised and customised in lots of different ways, to ensure that all of the content is available to all types of learners.

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