People with Dyspraxia/DCD benefit most from one-to-one therapy. They need the support of qualified professionals on a regular basis to help them reach their full potential. Children with Dyspraxia/DCD need support and understanding in the educational system.
Our help and support line is available to all those affected by Dyspraxia/DCD. One of our team will take your calls and look forward to assisting you and providing any information and support you may require.
Your first point of contact is your local Assessment Officer who is responsible for your child's assessment. Each Local Health Office has an Assessment Officer. They can assist you with your child's application and help and support you through the process. The Assessment Officer is responsible for issuing your child's Assessment Report. The assessment is carried out regardless of the cost or availability of services. All assessments will be carried out in line with the standards endorsed by the Health Information and Quality Authoritywww.hiqa.ie/standards. You will be encouraged to take part in your child's assessment. Click on link to HSE http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/disability/Disability_Assessment/
If there is a long waiting list then you might consider going private, we would advise that you go directly to an occupational therapist experienced in the area of Dyspraxia/DCD who will be able to provide you with a definite diagnosis, if one is present. Contact us for more information on services in your area at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-8747085.
A Clinical Psychologist and a neurologist can also provide and confirm a diagnosis of Dyspraxia/DCD, if it is present, whilst ruling out any other underlying medical conditions.
If speech and language therapy has been recommended, contact Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland at email@example.com or call 01-8747085 for more information.
Once there is a concrete diagnosis of Dyspraxia/DCD, your child is entitled to resource hours. A Special Needs Assistant (SNA) may be allocated if 'significant care' for the child is required. Typically the child may have access to an SNA to help overcome specific challenges, for example organising locker and books, until such time that your child learns how to do it themselves.
The purpose of the SNA scheme is to provide for the significant additional care needs which some pupils with special educational needs may have.
For more information on any of these therapies contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-8747085.