The structure of secondary education demands that young people are well organised, self-sufficient, increasingly autonomous learners, who can cope with a wide range of teachers and a diverse timetable based around multiple locations and buildings. However, a substantial number of young people have motor coordination and perceptual difficulties which affect their participation in class activities.
This condition was previously termed dyspraxia but is now more universally referred to as developmental co-ordination disorder or DCD.
For these pupils, poor handwriting, erratic organisation and difficulties with reading, mathematics and physical education may have been noted at primary school with their associated detrimental effect on academic success, peer relationships, social skills and self-confidence. However, these issues are felt more keenly in secondary school due to the desire to fit-in and be accepted by a potentially large and often unforgiving peer group.This book will provide readers with an insight into how DCD can affect students at Key Stages 3 and 4, and provide some practical strategies to help each young person to reach their potential.
This book is intended to inspire teachers and health care professionals to understand the unique needs of young people with DCD understand why young people with DCD have difficulties in perceptual and motor planning appreciate the impact of DCD on learning consider the added influence of peer-pressure and puberty on DCD provide practical strategies to help consider post-16 and vocational training.
Contains 64 A4 pages.