Support group for little-known disorder invite Kilkenny public to attend event
By COLIN BARTLEY
A KILKENNY support group for suffers of a common but relatively unknown disorder is inviting the public to come and find out more.
Kilkenny Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Support Group is hosting an information evening to educate the public on the little-known disorder.
Dyspraxia/DCD is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adult, creating co-ordination difficulties which may affect an individual’s participation everyday aspects of life such as education and employment.
This condition is formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke.
There is no cure for Dyspraxia/DCD. The earlier a child is treated, the greater the chances of improvement. A lot of skills the public take for granted will never come naturally to children with Dyspraxia/DCD, they must be taught these skills.
The information evening will be held this coming Wednesday, September 25, at the Orchard House Hotel at 7pm. Speakers on the night include Kevin Hennessy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapist), Mary Howard (Senior Occupational Therapist), Harry Conway, CEO of Dyspraxia and young DCD sufferer, Fay Dunne.