West Cork Dyspraxia Support Group formed

Posted on: 5th October, 2015

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

DCD (Dyspraxia) Definition Dyspraxia is a common disorder affecting fine or gross motor coordination in children and adults. This lifelong condition is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a condition, which is formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation.

The West Cork Dyspraxia Support Group was set up recently by two West Cork parents with assistance from Dyspraxia Ireland – Colette Crowley, a parent of a child with Dyspraxia and also Jasper Hampton, a parent of a young adult with Dyspraxia. Jasper also has Dyspraxia himself. The group meet on a monthly basis in Clonakilty.

There is a very low awareness amongst the medical profession in relation to Dyspraxia – it is very difficult to get an assessment unless you ‘go private’ and if not spotted in time, intellectually capable children may leave school without qualifications.

A person with (DCD) Dyspraxia may have difficulties with movement and coordination including large movements such as walking and balance; and fine motor skills such as writing and using a sticky tape dispenser.

Difficulties with speech and language may also present. He or she may talk slowly and ponderously, repeat him or herself or have difficulty with pronunciation.

Visual problems may include difficulties tracking text when reading or looking quickly at information. There may also be difficulties with focus and coordination of the eyes.

People with dyspraxia may find organisation, memory, sequencing, concentration and time management to be areas that require additional effort.

They may have heightened sensitivity to sound, light, touch or certain fabrics. People may find it difficult to cope in a noisy environment or to work in brightly lit areas.

When a family faces a diagnosis of a developmental, physical or behavioural challenge, it may produce a sense of loss, fear, anger isolation, and/or frustration.

These challenges also present parents with an opportunity to respond with solutions, assistance and interventions which will meet the needs of their child and family, the needs of other parents/families, and the needs of the community serving their families. One of the most effective responses in providing support and developing coping skills, has been the creation of Dyspraxia parent support groups. Parents raising children with  challenges often have special concerns.

The West Cork  parent support group is generally a group of other parents who share this experience and meet on a regular basis. “We can serve many purposes,” explains Jasper “but primarily we offer parents a means to meet other families with similar needs, share information, and personal experiences with the goal of supporting each other.

The West Cork Dyspraxia Support group has been set up to support parents, children, teens and adults affected by the condition.

“An important function of our parent groups is to introduce parents to others like themselves,” says Jasper. “When families with similar concerns meet, there is a sense of community, of understanding. By creating a social network of friendships and activities, parents provide non-threatening, supportive settings where families relax and have fun and where their child’s Dyspraxia/DCD is not perceived as a barrier to reaching their full potential and enjoying life to the full.”

Many people with Dyspraxia are not aware of the conditions, let alone that they have it. They may have got themselves into a pattern (consciously or unconsciously) of masking and over compensating for their difficulties from birth. Many were bullied.

Please contact Jasper or Colette or Dyspraxia Ireland for more information. Dyspraxia Ireland: email info@dyspraxiaireland.ie; Jasper: email jasperhampton@gmail.com; Colette: email colcrowley.cc@gmail.com.

Latest News Articles:

Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads
Clonakilty Access Group AGM hears of many frustrations and challenges for people with disabilities in the town
Schull student scoops top invention award at BT Young Scientist
Schull Garda Station wins ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ award from Road Safety Authority
Go quackers at the 2018 West Cork Bird Race

Join us on Facebook


This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
... See MoreSee Less

8th March, 2018  ·  

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
... See MoreSee Less

20th February, 2018  ·  

Did you know..... ... See MoreSee Less

Main course

17th February, 2018  ·  

Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.

... See MoreSee Less

16th February, 2018  ·  

Jump to: