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Dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorders

Are you concerned about your child’s development? Perhaps an Educational Psychologist has queried whether your child has dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder?

Useful questions to ask yourself can include:

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  • Has my child reached milestones later than expected? (walking, hopping, jumping)
  • Do they have difficulty co-ordinating their limbs for bike riding, swimming, catching a ball or going up and down stairs?
  • Have they slowly developed independence skills such as dressing, managing the toilet, using cutlery, following instructions?
  • Do they have difficulties at school with handwriting, cutting, copying, drawing or completing work?
  • Are they poorly organised, distractable or anxious? Do they struggle making friends or coping with playground games?

An Occupational Therapy assessment from an experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist will identify the reasons for the difficulties and will provide a clear account of their present level of function. A report will provide recommendations and practical suggestions for ways forward.

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The package offered:

The Local Therapy Company offers a comprehensive assessment package for your child’s needs.

Using appropriate developmental activities, recognised clinical observations and standardised tests as applicable.

Reports are compiled with your individual needs as priority. We aim to give clearly worded reports, without confusing medical terminology. We always include recommendations for action, to further develop your child’s skills. An appendix is provided as an alternative to give more medical and specialised clinical information for those who require it.

Reports will include information which can be shared with school and will provide suggestions for activities to develop skills in the classroom.

Our aim is to give you the tailor made service that you require. Any particular interests or concerns you have will be discussed at the assessment.

The Package is always individual, but is likely to include:

  • Telephone liaison Assessment session(s)
  • Report summarising the assessment findings and indicating how to proceed and help your child further, both at home and at school.
  • Telephone feedback session
  • Further sessions for treatment may be available with your therapist by prior arrangement.

Our main aim is to provide a helpful and constructive summary – with clear goals to work towards, and advice on how to achieve them with your child. A report is provided that will inform you of clinical details, but in a form that is manageable and user friendly to parents.