Moving Forward: Living Positively with Developmental Dyspraxia/DCD
Resources from the 7th Dyspraxia/DCD Conference held in Christchurch on the 6th and 7th of October 2017
If you attended our recent conference in Christchurch and would like a copy of Professor Amanda Kirby’s presentation please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send it to you.
Professor Cheryl Missiuna
1) This is a 57 minute Webinar describing Partnering for Change à https://srs-mcmaster.ca/library/p4c_webinar/presentation_html5.html (Copy and place in your browser before opening. This is a complete webinar with slides and voiceover. Does not show slides in Google Chrome on a Macintosh. Works well in Firefox. Works well on most browsers if accessed by Windows PC)
Partnering for Change is the name of both a new model for delivering integrated rehabilitation services for children with special needs and the program of research that has evaluated the development, implementation and evaluation of P4C service model. The P4C model of service is an innovative, collaborative, evidence-informed model that uses a needs-based, tiered approach to provide rehabilitation services for children with special needs in schools. Initially developed as a model of support for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), research has shown the P4C model of service delivery to be of value for children with many diverse occupational therapy needs. This webinar describes the model and research findings on its use in Ontario, Canada. Some sections of this webinar are of less relevance to families. It would be very feasible for you to only show some sections. Videos and examples are embedded throughout.
2) Workshops related to DCD/Dyspraxia à https://www.canchild.ca/en/diagnoses/developmental-coordination-disorder/workshops
The Developmental Coordination Disorder online workshop is designed to increase knowledge about Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and other motor coordination challenges and to increase your confidence in supporting a child’s development and participation. It was designed originally for parents, but is useful for others as well including teachers, health professionals, coaches, family members and friends. It is interactive in nature and takes approximately 60 minutes to go through, but can also be done in shorter segments. The workshop explains what DCD is and provides an overview of the causes of DCD, how DCD is diagnosed, typical motor development and of other health conditions that are related to DCD. Users can view video-clips and complete an exercise that guides them to feel what it is like to have DCD.
In this workshop, motor activities are highlighted – at school, home and at play – that are challenging for children with DCD and strategies are provided to help support children’s development and participation within the home, school and community. The M.A.T.C.H strategy that is presented is a useful framework that provides guidance about how to modify the environment to support a child’s learning and teach new motor skills. Lastly, the workshop provides parents with information on how to educate themselves, their child, teachers, physicians, other health professionals and coaches/community group leaders about DCD.
3) Additional workshops are available on the CanChild website for physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and also for family physicians/general practitioners.