Nothing clumsy about dyspraxia

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Frequently falling over, difficulty walking up and down stairs, poor hand-eye co-ordination, short-term memory, lack of spatial awareness, difficulty getting dressed or applying make-up and illegible handwriting – these are just some of the familiar, physical symptoms for people affected by dyspraxia, whatever your age.

But – according to a leading, national charity - it’s the emotional aspects that hit teenagers and young adults most hard. Especially when trying to navigate the already “tricky” aspects of growing up, such as the transition to secondary school, friendships, potential bullying, leaving home and generally learning to fend for yourself.

That’s why the Dyspraxia Foundation – the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of the condition – will be focusing on teenagers for its 2014 Awareness Week during October.

Previously and cruelly labelled “clumsy child syndrome”, developmental dyspraxia is a misunderstood condition, yet it has very real complications for the many people living with it.

And, thanks to a substantial, three year grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the charity has recently re-invigorated its key support services and awareness packages and resources for people living with dyspraxia as well as their families and the professionals involved with their wellbeing.

Following the launch of a new website and full time Information Officer, 2014 will also see the introduction of a new Teenage Information Officer, who will be available to offer advice for young people experiencing any difficulties associate with dyspraxia – particularly via social media networks.

Overall, the campaign and awareness week will provide a strong media package to help educate the public, potential employers, health and education professionals about the signs and symptoms of dyspraxia and the support available to those affected by the condition.

Results of new research – carried out among teenagers themselves and their parents

Powerful facts and figures

Practical new resources for teachers, parents and employers

Case studies – children and adults living with dyspraxia

Advice/opinion from the charity’s neurological, psychological and education experts

This year, the charity will also be urging the nation to be bright and bold for its first ever, “Funky Friday”! Why not get involved with this great initiative - on the final Friday of the Week, 17th October - and show support to the Dyspraxia Foundation by simply wearing your most colourful or funky item of clothing (perhaps odd socks!) to work or school.

The charity’s existing and well supported social media platforms will also play a key role in helping to promote this part of the campaign – to send in your pics of funky fashions!