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.


Learning outcomes:

1. To understand the conditions within the Dyslexia spectrum known as Special Learning Disorders (SLD)

2. Be able to identify common signs and symptoms of each condition

3. Understand the potential impact of Dyslexia or Dyspraxia on child development

4. Know what the process is for a medical diagnosis and support for children

5. Have support strategies to assist children who are affected


Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke options: this course can be combined with ADHD Course to create a 6 hour session

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