Secondary – Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia: The Cinderella of Learning Challenges

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Develop your knowledge and understanding of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia; the second most common disability next to Autism. Discover how DCD presents itself and its significant impact on learning, writing, organisation, self esteem, anxiety and life outcomes.


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Dr. Amanda Kirby presents this dynamic course to help understand one of the most commonly overlooked and neglected learning disabilities, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia. Discover unparalleled facilities to assess and work with students and clients who struggle with motor skill development and experience ongoing handwriting difficulties. Packed with information and research on the many identifiable traits, you’ll get 100’s of practical strategies and resources. Perfect for all educators as well as PE/Sport teachers to assist individuals of all ages to achieve improved learning, coordination, handwriting, social/emotional health and wellbeing, for better life outcomes.

Develop your knowledge and understanding of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia; the second most common disability next to Autism. Discover how DCD presents itself and its significant impact on learning, writing, organisation, self esteem, anxiety and life outcomes. This 5 hour accredited course will reveal the little known facts about the persistence of DCD as a cognitive and physical developmental difficulty in Secondary School. Gain the ability to quickly and effectively identify DCD and heighten your awareness for other more serious health conditions as a possible cause of coordination difficulties. Use the checklists and the research and evidence based strategies to assist students with DCD/Dypraxia at school and at home.

You will be able to

  • Understand Developmental Coordination Disorder DCD/Dyspraxia
  • Identify the early warning signs of coordination disorders
  • Be able to assess and provide early identification of unexpected delays due to possible medical conditions i.e. Brain tumors, cerebral palsy, etc.
  • See how DCD presents across all ages
  • Provide practical support for handwriting and fine motor skills
  • Access the most recent DCD research-evidence
  • Get a checklist to identify DCD students
  • Have a checklist to assess Handwriting Difficulties/Dysgraphia
  • Recognise the impact of DCD on learning and handwriting
  • Gain 100’s of realistic, simple strategies for students of all ages
  • Get practical resources to support DCD students at school and at home
  • Discover ways to support students both in and out of the classroom
  • Identify the impact of DCD on social skills
  • Be at the forefront of implementing change within your school
  • Support parents with strategies for use at home
  • Understand the importance of working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Put lifelong strategies in place
  • Understand the interconnectivity of challenges in DCD
  • View, practice and assimilate each step of the course

You will get

  •  10 interactive, highly engaging video sessions
  • A set of DCD screening tools
  • Easy-to-implement practical strategies to teach motor skills concepts effectively
  • Key recommendations to support every student
  • A suite of multisensory teaching strategies
  • 3 Infographic posters
  • Evidence based knowledge to support colleagues in teaching students with DCD/Dyspraxia
  • Further links to research and evidence-based screening and assessment tools for all ages
  • An extensive series of reference sheets on:
  • Early years risk factors for DCD
  • Fact sheet for DCD
  • Co-occurrence and what the research says
  • Moving to learn and ways to encourage gym in the classroom
  • Considering the sensory environment for the neurodiverse child
  • Physical and social playground skills
  • Providing support at playtime and lunchtimes
  • Creating inclusive playgrounds
  • Managing unstructured times within the school day
  • Handwriting
  • Using scissors
  • Riding a two wheeler bike
  • Developing ball skills
  • Best practices for nose blowing
  • Toileting and personal care strategies

Your multi-sensory teaching resources

  • Co-occurrence mini poster
  • DCD quick reference sheet
  • Activities/exercises to promote movement
  • Handwriting support booklet
  • Quick Reference Sheet for Identifying and helping with handwriting
  • Writing skills activities
  • Aids to help with letter reversals
  • And much more


4.5 hours

Course Content 

  • What is DCD?
  • How does DCD present in Secondary/High School?
  • Practical Strategies for Secondary/High School
  • Screening for DCD/dyspraxia in Secondary/High School
  • Practical Strategies for home
  • Supporting Students with Handwriting Difficulties


Completing Secondary/High School: Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia will contribute 4.5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of ‘Disability’ addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Emeritus Prof. Amanda Kirby

Professor Amanda Kirby wears several hats as a medical doctor, an educator, researcher, and an entrepreneur. She also hails from a neurodivergent family. As an emeritus professor at The University of South Wales, her passion for supporting those with DCD/Dyspraxia shines through in her presentation. Amanda is currently a trustee of the ADHD Foundation in the UK, Patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, Medical Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK, and author of multiple publications, research papers, articles and resources in the field of Developmental Disorders and Neurodiversity.


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