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.Summit on Dyspraxia/DCD

We are excited to announce the details of our Summit 2017

Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder and its Consequences - the impacts and management of Dyspraxia/DCD and the effects on the lives of children, youth and their families.

Date: Saturday 30 September 2017

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Time: 9am - 4.30pm

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Cairney

Cost: click here 


Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Cairney is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Infant and Child Health Research Lab or INCH Lab (www.inchlab.ca) at McMaster University. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University. From 2002 to 2008, he was a Canada Research Chair in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. From 2008 to 2016, he was the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Chair in Child Health. An internationally renowned scientist known for his work on motor coordination disorders in children, John is interested in the factors that influence health and development during the early years and beyond. In particular, he is interested in the relationships among physical literacy, physical activity and health and social development in children and youth. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles, editor-author of four books and has received more than 10 million dollars in research funding from major scientific funding bodies in Canada and Ontario. Dr. Cairney is Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology and President-Elect of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine.


Other Speakers

Dr Dorothy Armstrong, Occupational Therapist and board member of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland. Dorothy has just compiled a book entitled “The Next Adventure” Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School. 


Máire Ní Ghiobaláin, Máire is a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist with her own private practice in Greystones. She uses a unique integrative approach, combining sensory integration principles and OT theory with knowledge from ancient Eastern practices such as yoga, tai chi/chi gong, meditation, breath work and mindfulness. Máire works primarily with children with dyspraxia/DCD and facilitates the Wicklow Parent Support Group on behalf of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland. Máire is available for assessment, consultations, individual therapy and group programmes for children and teenagers. 


Catherine Sheahan, Speech Therapist has extensive experience in working with individuals with a variety of speech and language difficulties and will present on Verbal Dyspraxia/DCD.

Tanya McGarry


Let’s ‘Talk Sense’ about Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

Tanya McGarry is an Occupational Therapist who has worked with children and families for over 15 years. Tanya has worked in Child & Adolescent Mental Health & private practice, including individual client work, direct intervention into several schools,  & parent & teacher training. Tanya has immersed herself in understanding the children and has completed significant post graduate training in specific disorders, interventions, theories and practice.

Helen Ruane is a Speech & Language Therapist with over 35 years of experience working with children and families. Helen has significant experience in the areas of speech and language disorder, developmental delay, dyspraxia, reading difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, child and adolescent mental health. She has successfully run a private practice, including the distribution and mentoring of a specific reading programme.

Tanya and Helen have worked collaboratively over many years. They have worked with hundreds of children and families and from this work they are encouraged to continue looking for the best form of intervention which supports and enhances the lives of the children, their families and their communities.

They created TalkSense in order to support & empower parents of children with additional needs, thus enabling the child to reach their potential & enhancing the family’s unique essence.

TalkSense supports & empowers parents of children with additional needs, enabling the child to reach their potential & enhancing the family’s unique essence.

Working together we identify daily situations that allow the opportunity to support your child’s development. We enable you to create a repertoire of tools & strategies which encourages the child’s regulation & communication to unfold.


Kerry Pace, a practitioner who supports people who have Dyspraxia/DCD. Kerry herself has Dyspraxia/DCD and also has two children who have Dyspraxia/DCD. Kerry has a long and varied career in supporting people who have disabilities and is a published researcher, awareness trainer and consultant.

Throughout the day we will be featuring our most popular “Voices of Experience” where five brave young people will talk about their personal journey with Dyspraxia/DCD.


Paul O’Kelly will be our MC for the day. Paul is a strategic thinking, leadership and growth strategist and coach, who has generously helped and encouraged Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland to grow and move forward as a vibrant charity,



Online  booking available here.



Member: €70 per person / €130 per couple
Non-Member: €100 per person / €190 per couple
Student/Unemployed: €50

All prices include Two Course  lunch  



€130.00 - single B&B (Friday night)
€150.00 - double B&B (Friday night)
€160.00 - single B&B (Saturday night)
€170.00 double B&B (Saturday night)
Please book directly with hotel for accommodation  

Sheraton Hotel, Gleeson Street, Co Westmeath, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


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