Parents of children with dyspraxia are planning a meeting next week to call on Donegal TDs to secure funding for support services.
The Donegal Dyspraxia Support Group, founded by Carndonagh woman Alison Doherty, is set to highlight the lack of local services available for children with the condition at a public event on Monday, May 28.
Dyspraxia is a Developmental Coordination Disorder affecting motor coordination in children and adults. The common disorder varies in every person and can affect everyday life skills in education, work and employment.
There is no cure for Dyspraxia/DCD, but occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and extra help at school can all assist children with coping or overcoming many of the difficulties they face.
Any parent whose child has Dyspraxia or who are waiting on a diagnosis is invited to attend the meeting at An Grianan Hotel Burt, on Monday 28th May 2018 from 7pm-8.30pm.
Fine Gael Cllr John Ryan will be in attendance to listen to the concerns of families as they focus on the needs of their children.
Ahead of the meeting, Alison Doherty shared an insight into the many support services that parents in Donegal require:
“We need funding for Donegal Dyspraxia support group so we are able to organise activities for the children, and training for parents.
“We need more supports for our children and we need a better system where our children are getting the services they’ve been promised.
“We need more recommendations in place. If a child is discharged from a service there is nothing.
“We need workshops to be put in place and a plan of action for our childrens’ needs that professionals can come in and deliver this to our children.”
All are welcome to the meeting Monday 28th May at the An Grianan Hotel from 7pm-8.30pm. Tea and coffee with be provided.
For more information about the meeting visit the Donegal Dyspraxia Support Group on Facebook.
For more information on Dyspraxia, visit www.dyspraxia.ie
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