Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Awareness Course – training for Foster Carers and Social Workers
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. This can affect literacy development, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills to varying degrees. Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual development. It is neurological in origin and is often seen to run in families.
Dyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). It is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present and these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.
Children with either condition may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, reading, IT skills, riding a bike as well as other educational and recreational activities.
- To understand the conditions within the dyslexia spectrum known as Special Learning Disorders (SLD)
- Be able to identify common signs and symptoms of each condition
- Understand the potential impact of dyslexia or dyspraxia on child development
- Know what the process is for a medical diagnosis and support for children
- Have support strategies to assist children who are affected
This course is for Foster Carers and Adopters as well as their Supervising Social Workers. It is also suitable for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.