14/10/09 – Parents benefit from free Fact Sheet during Dyspraxia Awareness Week (10th – 17th October 2009).

Parents of children with Dyspraxia can obtain a free Fact Sheet on the condition during Dyspraxia Awareness Week (10th – 17th October 2009).

Up to one in 10 children could have Dyspraxia, says one of the UK’s foremost authorities. The condition is also known as “developmental co-ordination disorder” or “clumsy child syndrome”.

Dr Peter Gardner is co-founder of Appleford School, a specialist school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties. He says estimates of the prevalence of dyspraxia vary between 2% and 10%. It is thought to affect more boys than girls, in the ratio of approx three or four to one.

This week Dr Gardner publishes a new Fact Sheet for parents who think their child may have the condition.

He says: “A dyspraxic child will have difficulties with controlling their movements. This may be gross motor control or fine motor control. Gross motor control relates to whole body or limb movements. Fine motor control relates to hand and finger movement, eye movement and the organs of speech. Each child will have a unique combination of difficulties which can affect many aspects of their life.”

Dr Gardner adds: “Dyspraxia can have effects on the child in other ways too. The child may lose confidence, develop low self-esteem and show associated anxiety, stress and depression. The child may be frightened of trying for fear of failing and thus tend to give up on school work.

“In some circumstances, the child might be unwilling to attend school. We see a lot of such children at Appleford School. Parents and teachers will need to remember that children with special educational needs tend to be bullied more than other children.”

The free Fact Sheet is available for download from Appleford School’s website: www.appleford.wilts.sch.uk, by post by contacting the school at: Appleford School, Shrewton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4HL or by calling: 01980 621020.

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