Insights from the Dyspraxia Conference 2023: “Education, Intervention and Inclusion”
At E-ACT, we firmly believe that working together empowers us. Colleagues from across the trust came together to shine a spotlights on inclusivity. Sophie Kayani, from E-ACT Bourne End Academy, has strong connections with the Dyspraxia Foundation, the UK’s Leading Charity for Dyspraxia. Take a look at Sophie’s highlights. #WeAreEACT
The recent Dyspraxia Conference held in Birmingham brought together healthcare professionals, educators, individuals with dyspraxia, and their families to share knowledge and experiences. Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects motor coordination and can impact various aspects of an individual’s life. This conference aimed to shed light on the challenges faced by those with dyspraxia and other neurodivergent conditions and explore strategies for support and intervention. Let’s delve into the key highlights and takeaways from this important event.
The Dyspraxia Foundation, the UK’s Leading Charity for Dyspraxia invited Simon Tanner, E-ACT National Director for SEND and Clio Brown, E-ACT Early Years Advisor to address the conference at the keynote speakers, with the focus on “Education, Intervention and Inclusion”.
Simon kicked off with a comprehensive overview of the current SEND landscape and dyspraxia. Dyspraxia affects approximately 5-10% of the population (2 children in every classroom) and is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. Simon presented the latest research findings and demonstrating the need to improve recognition and promote early intervention.
Education and inclusion were central themes at the conference and Clio Brown focused on best practices for supporting students with SEND in educational settings, focussing on the importance of creating inclusive environments, providing tailored support with bespoke scaffolding and implementing strategies that address the specific learning needs of students. By fostering an inclusive educational experience, attendees explored how
students with SEND can thrive academically and socially. “What is good for SEND, if good for all!”
Perhaps the most impactful aspect of the conference was the opportunity for individuals with dyspraxia and their families to share personal stories and advocate for increased awareness and support. These personal accounts shed light on the challenges faced by individuals with dyspraxia, as well as co-occurring conditions and emphasized the need for a comprehensive, compassionate approach to their care. By listening to these stories, everyone gained invaluable insights into the real-life experiences of those living with dyspraxia.
The Dyspraxia Conference served as a vital platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and advocacy in the field of SEND and neurodiversity. From the latest research and diagnostic criteria to assistive technologies and educational strategies, attendees gained a deeper understanding of neurodiversity and explored innovative approaches to support individuals who are neurodiverse. By bringing together diverse stakeholders, the conference created a space where personal stories could be heard and amplified, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and supportive society for those living with dyspraxia and other conditions. As the conference concluded, participants left inspired and motivated to continue their efforts in raising awareness, improving diagnosis and intervention, and promoting the overall well-being of neurodiverse individuals.
As former Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation and champion of neurodiversity and inclusion, I would personally like to thank Simon and Clio for generously giving up their time to speak at the conference #WeAreEACT.