Assessment of Adult and Adolescent Dyspraxia

What is Dyspraxia?


Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.  DCD is a lifelong condition, formally
recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental
demands and life experiences. There may be a range of co-occurring difficulties which can also have serious negative impacts on daily life. These include social and emotional difficulties as well
as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation, and these may also affect an adult’s education or employment experiences. Many people with DCD also experience
difficulties with memory, perception and processing.

While DCD is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those people who have additional problems planning, organising and carrying out
movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought.

(www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk)

Referral
This is usually through self-referral or by concerned family members. Dyspraxia Scotland http://www.dyspraxiascotland.org.uk also refer to myself. 

Assessment
Following an initial telephone consultation an arranged assessment will take place in the person’s own home or work environment. The assessment can take between 3-4 hours to complete.

The assessment focuses on current developmental and coordination issues impacting on the person’s occupational performance at home, work and leisure time. This will cover personal and daily
living skills and deficits as well as the psychological and sensory impact on relationships and working environments.

Standardised occupational, educational and psychological assessments will be used as assessment tools as well as narrative historical information, noting milestones, academic and social
achievement and difficulties, also observational input.

Assessment Package

This will include:

 

  • An initial telephone conversation to assess suitability and key issues
  • A home/work visit and assessment
  • A follow up visit to discuss results and practical solutions (by telephone for further distances)
  • A full report with recommendations
  • An edited letter to employer, HR department, Head of Faculty outlining issues and responsibilities under The Equality Act 2010.
  • Ongoing if required.

Costs

• The above package will cost £600 plus travel time and mileage. Additional workplace visits and correspondence will incur additional charges. Payment plans are available over 3 months if required.

 

 

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