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Live webchat with child development expert Professor Amanda Kirby, Wed 12 November, 1-2pm, sponsored by Haliborange

(66 Posts)
GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Nov-08 15:34:30

Hi, we're welcoming Professor Amanda Kirby for a webchat on Wednesday lunchtime. She's an expert in child development, with more than 35 years of specialist experience under her belt. She's written a number of books as both a parent and professional, and her team at the Dyscovery Centre Wales has an international reputation for nutritional and behavioural research.

The Dyscovery Centre is internationally recognised for its work in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD or dyspraxia) and related specific learning difficulties. Amanda has both a professional and personal interest in DCD as her middle child has coordination difficulties, and trying to address his difficulties first sparked her interest in the area. She's currently based at the University of Wales.

She has written the Haliborange Play and Learn guide and we've asked mumsnetters to comment on the guide here. Everyone who adds their comments on the Play and Learn guide will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 of SpaceNK vouchers.

Please post any advance questions you've got for Amanda here.

Thanks, MNHQ

southeastastra Fri 07-Nov-08 15:55:12

hi,

a couple of years ago my ds(7) was referred to occuptional therapy, the OT said he has low muscle tone and flexible joints. we were then signed off the service and i thought that would be the end and he'd just catch up naturally.

he really is struggling with maths at school and they want to get him assessed by an ed psychologist and maybe get him a statement.

i know it's probably not alot to go on but do you think his problems with maths could be related to his muscle tone problems?

it's causing me so much worry but no-one seems to be able to pinpoint exactly what the trouble is, or if anything can be done to help him.

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Nov-08 16:56:50

UPDATE

Prof Kirkby has had to change date to Wednesday (it was going to be Monday originally) so please ignore "on Monday" in OP, it's Wednesday.

lulumama Fri 07-Nov-08 21:31:53

Do you know if there is any connection between hypermobility and any other issues? DS is dyslexic and has a degree of hypermobility. He is 9, and was diagnosed a year or so ago. DD is 3, and no idea yet whether she has the same issues, but she is very bendy grin DS has been discharged from the OT though
any thoughts?

thank you smile

Ahem
Can I just point out your OP says Kirby please Geraldine. As a fellow Kirkby I get quite miffed when people do this and imagine she might too grin

moondog Fri 07-Nov-08 22:02:50

It's sponsored by a commercial company,therefore her advice is not impartial.

People need to know that.

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Fri 07-Nov-08 22:04:48

My son is severely autistic and desperately needs OT (he is very sensory seeking). There is none available locally - not even to pay for - we can get an NHS assessment (have had one) but then there's no equipment available to use.

What try to do what we can at home (trampoline, birth pool filled with balls, visit the park for swings etc) is there anything else you can suggest?

moondog Fri 07-Nov-08 22:12:24

Jimjams, I did my PG thesis on Intensive Sensory Environment (ISE) developed by an s/lt called Dr. Karen Bunning.

It is about the need for people with pmld to have deep sensory stimulation. She talked a lot about rocking and swinging in particular (ie giving this stuff to people). Not sure if her thesis published but some bits in this link

here

wrinklytum Fri 07-Nov-08 22:54:09

My dughter has lissencephaly,cortical band heterotopia.She is progressing very well given her dx.What role have nutritional supplements got to play in helping the child with a neurological malformation,if any?She has hypotonia,and some hyperextensible joints.TIA

TinySocks Sat 08-Nov-08 06:05:32

Hello, my son is almost 4 years old. He was born with a brain atrophy which has caused developmental delay in all areas. He is doing extremely well and has exceeded doctor’s expectations.

My big concern is his behaviour. He is starting to become more and more angry and aggressive, fists closed flapping them in my face, gritting teeth, screaming. The strange thing is that he is generally such a happy loving boy, that I don’t understand were this is coming from. He is now able to communicate with us well, so I don’t think it’s due to lack of communication.

Is there anyway in which I can help him?
Is there any literature I could read about this?
Thank you!

coppertop Sat 08-Nov-08 13:36:02

My 8yr-old has a diagnosis of autism. He gets help with his fine motor skills difficulties but not so much with his gross motor skills and general co-ordination. He is often described as "floppy" and "bendy" and has to use a wedge-shaped cushion to stop him from sliding off chairs etc. He also tires easily.

What can we do at home to help him?

Pollyanna Sat 08-Nov-08 14:05:25

my son aged 9 has a diagnosis of dyspraxia.

At the moment, the issues that are causing us the most concern are:

His behaviour - he can't control his emotions and this causes problems when he gets angry as he is violent. School are very concerned and we desperately need help teaching him to control his anger (he can't control any other emotions either - fear, humour etc, is all very exaggerated).

His handwriting - it is still absolutely appalling. He has had various sessions of OT over the years and has done the Write from the Start programme too, but this has made no difference. Apart from typing (and what would be a good programme please?) what else can we do to help him?

He has lots more problems - eating, organisation, social skills etc etc - and we are just starting to realise how much help he needs as his differences with his peer group become more apparent.

Mercy Sat 08-Nov-08 19:49:14

Hello, my ds is 4.8 and has what I can only describe as an unsual personality! (no known medical or physical issues though)

He has been a fussy eater since he was 18 months old, often refuses to acknowledge familiar adults and even peers, is aggressive, insists on inapproriate clothing (I could go on but I won't!)

I would like to know if fussy eating is an early sign of, or connected to, other behavioural/developmental issues.

lou031205 Sat 08-Nov-08 21:52:38

Hi there,

My DD is currently being assessed by the Developmental Paed, and is 2.11 (3 on 3rd Dec). He assessed her last Friday, and said that she had delays of 18 months in some areas, 12 months in others, and in a couple of areas was at age. Gross and fine motor delays, behaviour, etc. Her expressive language seems to be ahead of her understanding, but she is very good with 'factual' things like colours, etc.

How severe is this level of delay at this age? Nobody has said, and I can't find anything on the internet that states at what level "severe", "moderate" or "mild" is.

She is also seeming to be very sensory in her behaviour. What should we be doing while we wait for our SALT, Physio & OT referrals to come through?

Many thanks in advance.

TinySocks Sun 09-Nov-08 12:46:05

Hello. Could I ask another question with regards to my DS? He is almost 4 with a global developmental delay(due to brain atrophy).

I mentioned behaviour. I am also concerned about his concentration. I am aware that poor concentration is common for children with neurological problems. But how likely is it to impove with time?

I am not sure how DS will learn at school if he is unable to sit still and pay attention for some lenght of time. He needs to be highly motivated to stay focused on one task for some minutes. What are the strategies that schools are encouraged to use in these cases? (if any).
thanks.

PeachyFizzesLikeADampSquibb Sun 09-Nov-08 13:32:37

Hi, I have 4 boys; the oldest has dyslexia and Aspergers which we struggle with as he is very aggressive; ds3 has delays and issues which we have been told place him on the spectrum, quite where we should find out shortly, but he is severe enough that independence isn't likely. We have just been told our ds2 has either severe dyslexia or dyspraxia but he is awaiting input from the SENCO and a SNAp assessment. Our 4th son is 7 months old, we have breastfed him and he is on a gluten and casein free diet (like ds1, ds3 and myself he is casein intol anyay). I just wondered what else would be worth a shot to help him develop as well as he can do in light of our family history?

I beleive the Dyscovery centre is quite local to us, and I have heard positive feedback.

Buckets Sun 09-Nov-08 15:44:27

Would just like to ask if you know why diagnosis for ASDs is a postcode lottery in the UK, with single health professionals making subjective judgements in some areas and whole multidisciplinary teams in others? What would be your suggestions for unifying the process up and down the country and would a Mumsnet campaign help do you think?

TotalChaos Sun 09-Nov-08 19:08:18

Have you any particular advice for improving auditory processing/comprehension in a child with language delay?

Watchtheworldcomealivetonight Mon 10-Nov-08 11:21:56

My dd (nealry 6)seems to be reaching milestones very very late but yet no one seems concerned.

She walked and sat up very late but She was selective mute until 4 and a half although she is now talking at school, she wouldnt even go near other children till age 4 and had no idea what to do when they were near her despite attending playgrounds etc, her social skills are very poor. She still cannot peddle a trike or skip like the other little girls can. She is very clumsy and falls over all the time (on average 5 or six times a day that I see out of school, comes home daily with scrapes from school!)
She has little set things that have to be just so for example you cant walk in front of her you have to walk behind her, if you do walk infront she gets very distressed. She still has very little number recognition although she is an excellent reader. She seems to be doing things now that she should have done at 2 or 3.
I have always had this niggling that something isnt quite right but been ignored.
We have autism, aspergers and dysphraxia in our family history.

carriemumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Nov-08 14:18:50

Here are some questions which have been posted on the other thread. Thought it made more sense to have everything on one thread.

By nolongeraworriedmummyfied

Ohhh dd has dysphraxia ,

how do i help her learn to skip and pedal a bike ect as all the other little girls at school can do it easy now but dd gets upset because she cant?

Also what effect does dysphraxia have on everyday learning, could that be why dd is bright and brilliant at most things academically but still has no number recognition?

By zoots
I've got a question for Prof Kirby - how conclusive is the research on omega 3's and how much fish would you have to eat to avoid taking supplements? We eat a ton of salmon - well, twice a week - is that enough?

Also what foods/ additives should you avoid if you're trying to help your child concentrate - a big bugbear in our house is aspartame, sorbitol - all the artificial sweeteners. I'm sure i've read that in some children Aspartame can cause behavioural problems or even cancer - yet it seems to be added to lots of "healthy" options? What's your view?

By domesticslattern

I would be interested in Amanda's views of the "Bad Science" take on fish oils. Like Nickytwotimes, it annoys me when these things are taken for granted. See link here

Back to you

MNHQ

mabanana Tue 11-Nov-08 10:37:07

Hi, my son has Aspergers and quite bad dyspraxia with low muscle tone - he is clever though, in the top set for maths and literacy. He is seven and has only just learned to use a scooter (one of the easy, two wheels at the front type that three year olds use). I would like him to learn to swim and I wondered if learning the piano would help him - he would love to learn to play, he tells me.
I know he wouldn't cope in a swimming class with kids his own age or really in any group setting. Do you think 1-1 lessons would be a good idea at this age or should I wait.
Re piano, do you think this is a good idea and how can I find a suitable teacher?

PeachyFizzesLikeADampSquibb Tue 11-Nov-08 11:53:52

(mabana hope you dont mind me buting in but DS1 has AS / HFA and low muscle tone esp in his wrists and violin has helped loads and its really showing with regards to his art (he got through to the finals of a contest recently) and handwriting. Also boosts his confidence loads and gives him something to be proud of, iyswim. your LEA should know of teachers, or the Head.

mabanana Tue 11-Nov-08 12:01:06

I'm grateful Peachy. I don't really - ahem - get on with the head... who could I contact at the LEA? How did you find the right teacher and how did you prepre them for your ds's quirks? (sorry if this is thread hijack)

PeachyFizzesLikeADampSquibb Tue 11-Nov-08 12:11:31

Our lea has a music dept on the website, if yours doesn't try e-mailing them? The other answer is to try a local music shop- a friend back home advertises that way, a musician with a teaching degree and a guider to boot, exactly the sort of person you'd choose, you know?

the quirks- well I just sat in on the lessons for a while then told her what his dx was- it did clarify stuff apparently but she had been focussing on the things that as doesn't always affect- precision, willingness etc and it amde for a good mix.

mabanana Tue 11-Nov-08 12:19:06

Thank you - yes there is a local music shop or two I could try.

Hathor Tue 11-Nov-08 12:41:52

The Haliborange Play and Learn guide seems to be full of useful suggestions. But when you get to the section on age 6-8 nutrition you state categorically "Ensure they are
given a daily dose of
Haliborange Omega-3"

I prefer to give my family whole nutrition from food, as I believe it is bound to be safer, more natural and prevents the "medicalisation" of normal diet.

What dietary sources of omega-3 are equivalent to the supplement you suggest?

Is there any research into the effect on behaviour/learning of improving diet with regards to omega-3?

anonandlikeit Tue 11-Nov-08 20:42:27

My ds2 was born at 28 wks & has a dx of mild cp, asd & learning difficulties.

Most of the additional learning support & material available is aimed at very visual learners but DS by contrast is a very Auditory learner (I think associated with very poor visual perception).
What would you recommend to help him learn the basics of letters, reading & even drawing as his visual perception & co-ordination are very out of synch IYKWIM.

He can hear the phonics of a word but if you ask him to sound it out he will hone in on the strongest sound to him, he also struggles to recognise letters, shapes etc.

Any recommendations of alternative learning strategies would be greatly received.

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Wed 12-Nov-08 07:32:04

anon - Tito the autistic poet (non-verbal) has a very strong auditory system - it cuts over every other sense in his case. The book Strange Son (bad title I know) talks about it and how he learned to read despite this method of processing. Obviously he's severely autistic on top so it isn't totally relevant but I think you'll find the descriptions of his sensory processing very helpful indeed.

anonandlikeit Wed 12-Nov-08 10:42:47

Thanks Jimjams, i'll have a read of that one... Something for my xmas list.

I must admit I have wondered at times is his visual perception really that poor or does his auditory processing just take over.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 12:55:03

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Nov-08 13:00:40

Afternoon, all. Professor Amanda Kirby is here and raring to go.

She's just asked me to point out that she has 25 years specialist experience, not 35 - she was worried you all might think she's MUCH older than she actually is!

Over to you, <young> Professor.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:03:24

Hi Hathor
Thanks for your question
We would recommend first line healthy balanced eating and fish in the diet a couple of times a week
if your child is a 'fussy' eater then you may consider a supplement to make sure they are getting what they need.
We are about to publish a study where we have considered your questions and will be able to tell you this early next year.
the jury is out at the moment but it looks like attention and concentration levels may be linked with fatty acid levels

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:05:23

anonandlikeit
If you play rhythm games to play such as rhyming games - your child can hear how words link together by sound
Try using textures to reinforce letter shapes- such as making words out of sandpaper.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:08:27

dear southeastra
Some children have difficulties with maths if they cannot see the 'shapes' in their minds eye ( this is visual perception). Some children with hypermobility problems sometimes have problems ' controlling ' their eyes. Your child could also have difficulties with the 'language' of maths and so this may need to be reinforced.
An EP may be able to tease some of this apart
Perhaps useful to have his eyes checked as well

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:10:41

lulumama

Hypermobility and motor difficulties have been linked together. this may be because of poor stability making tasks such as playing ball games harder. Some children get pain on writing and may need to have their hands supported when writing. This may also be associated with visual perceptual difficulties ( or control of the eyes ) being effected.
minimising writing will help
Go to the hypermobility syndrome association site and they have information as well as parent-plus.org

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:14:21

hi coppertop

Gross motor skills activities- see parent-plus.org and see practical activities for home.

trampolining, swimming
Work with him with large balls
he could be placed on his front with a rolled up cushion or towel and encourage him to roll ball to you if you can

Horse riding for the disabled is excellent as they can work on his ' core stability'

make sessions 5-10 minutes as he will need time to recover

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:15:49

wrinklyturn- Hi
We do not have any research at the moment to know if fatty acids or supplementation can help specific groups of children like your daughter I am afraid to say at present. More work needs to be done in this area.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:19:48

Dear tinysocks
thanks for your information. Your child may be communicating but may still have some difficulty understanding . This can also lead to poor attention skills. Use visual reinforcement such as photos of what you want him to do. You could make some pictures you use regularly and make a laminated board with velcro on the back of the pictures. You could then show him the sequence of activities he needs to do.
www. do2learn.com has some visual icons that are free you can download.
Make sure you break down tasks into short sessions - he may not be able to concentrate more than 5 minutes at a time. Use a timer with him that rings when his task is finished and praise him

Cammelia Wed 12-Nov-08 13:23:11

ProfAmanda I just had a quick skim through your Haliborange Guide and was particularly interested in your milestones for the different ages. What have you based these on?

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:23:37

Dear Polyanna
As children get older with Dyspraxia they become more aware of their difficulties. Your son will be doing more writing and he will be able to see his difficulties and this will make him feel more frustrated. Write for him when you can and teach him typing
Some free programmes are www.tuxtype.sourceforge.net and bbc.co.uk/typing
see www.parent-plus.org for more free typing programmes
We have some skills packs we have also written that may be useful in order to make
Visual timetables/organisation/help with writing

Caring cutlery is helpful for using as it places your fingers in the right position -we stock this: http://dyscovery.newport.ac.uk Make sure your child has his feet on the floor also so he is balanced

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:25:02

Dear Cammelia

these are developmental milestones - so based on normative data from populations.
it is always useful to remember that development can vary from child to child and so there is no average but a range of milestone times for most developmental tasks

Thanks
Amanda

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:27:41

Dear Mercy
Thanks for the question
Some of the signs and symptoms you are describing including fussy eating may be linked to developmental issues and it may be worth talking with your health visitor or GP or asking the nursery/school ( if he is going ) if they have noticed any 'unusual ' behaviours also to see if this is consistent or only at home.

Amanda

coppertop Wed 12-Nov-08 13:27:43

Thanks for your help and advice.

RTKangaMummy Wed 12-Nov-08 13:29:46

My son is 13 years old and had a DX of Dyspraxia and Hypermobility about 4 years ago

He was born extremely prematurely @ 27 weeks and was on Oxygen for 3 months in NNU ITU

Do you think being so prem has any influence on dyspraxia and hypermobility?

He still can't ride a bike, he did have OT and Physio when they first diagnosed him but he doesn't have either help now

Do you think there will be any difference with things like learning to drive a car? Will he be able to drive a manual car?

Do you have any ideas for improving his posture ~ he has very hunched shoulders and walks looking at the floor

We did try him with fish oils several years ago but then we started to have problems with fainting and so stopped them. Do you think they could be connected?

Thanks

RTKM x

smile

expatinscotland Wed 12-Nov-08 13:30:09

My 5-year-old daughter has DCD.

It's moderate/severe and she has been retained at stage in a nursery with an ASN unit.

Her attention span and impulse control issues give cause for concern.

Is there any precedence for asking her paed if medical treatment will help - e.g., ritalin?

Tried fish oils on her, no real improvement.

She spasms, particularly the hands, when excited.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:32:49

Peachesfizzeslikeadampsquibb
Hi
thanks for the nice comment about the centre.There is little research at the moment in terms of using supplementation to prevent developmental disorders but a balanced diet, avoiding artificial colourants is important I would say.
encouraging language is important- face to face contact so he can hear and then as he gets older mimic sounds and facial expressions. let him also have different sensory stimuli- place him on a mat and let him feel different textures.
He is young so it is more about 'normal' exposure to his world that is important at this stage

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:36:45

RTKangaMummy

Yes I think being so prem has an influence on dyspraxia . There have beenr research studies from Holland showing this.

Driving may be a problem- using an automatic is better. Some times parking and distance perception is a problem as well -- sensors on cars are very helpful. Some adults just need longer to learn so a good instructor is very important ( and patience)- my son took 3 years to learn to drive.

You may want to try Alexander techniques to help with posture. also helping improve core stability- using a swiss ball can be very good , trampolining also may be good.

I dont think fish oils and fainting are linked

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:38:09

expatinscotland

Hi

yes talk to your paed and get her assessed for her attention and concentration
Some children have benefited by using Ritalin and have seen improvement in writing quality on it as well as aiding attention and concentration

filz Wed 12-Nov-08 13:38:18

My daughter (9) has hypermobility and moderate -severe learning difficulties. I remember a physio once telling me that hypermobility can cause delays in other areas as the brain has to think about keeping the body more stable before anything else.....I remember she suggested that my daughters feet should always be flat on the floor whilst doing close up work at a desk or table as its takes their mind off their feet! Obviously if they cannot touch the floor then put a book or box underneath their feet

Sorry i know I am not a professor

expatinscotland Wed 12-Nov-08 13:39:36

DH has dyspraxia, too, RT, enough to have DLA for life for it. He does drive! A manual. He even does it for a living!

Your son can get assistance on his exams as well. For example, DH had a reader for the theory test (he has dysgraphia as well) and extra time on the practical test.

Took him 4 tries to pass, but he did and now has a minibus license.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:39:58

Buckets
Great question. This is very true that there is huge variability across the UK. parent power is really important. Try and catalogue together some of your journeys through the health/education system- evidence is essential to 'proove' this is a problem
Gather this information and go to the politicians with it. We need common baseline assessments so that children are seen ' holistically' and not in bits which sadly is what happens in some areas of the UK.

lou031205 Wed 12-Nov-08 13:41:52

HI Professor, I wondered if you have any answer for my question, posted on Saturday?

Thanks in advance.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:42:07

Hi watchtheworldcomealivetonight
I think there is some concern from what you have documented here.Perhaps take this information and go to your GP and ask for a referral to a paediatrician. Also ask school what they have noticed so you can tell the doctor this as well.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:46:17

Hi lou
It is difficult for me to say to rate specifically your child without having seen her. It sounds like she has some level of delay that is impacting on her daily functioning and skills.

Go to www.parent-plus.org and we have activities for preschool that may be helpful for you with your child.

Take her swimming to encourage movement but with support from you. PLace her on her front but supported to encourage her to reach for items in front of her - such as colourful toys.

Show her pictures and toys and talk about them - but keep the language very simple at a one or 2 word level.

lou031205 Wed 12-Nov-08 13:47:22

Thank you.

RTKangaMummy Wed 12-Nov-08 13:48:25

Thanks

Please could you give me the name of the report from Holland?

At the moment he has been given extra time at school for exams etc, as he has very SLOW PROCESSING SPEED but he needs another assessment before his GCSEs, although he has high IQ there is a delay in the processing of information.

Is there any link between dyspraxia and not understanding that a town he lives in is next to another or a country he has visited is located within the world, Sort of a lack of sense of direction

Thanks

smile

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:49:01

nolongeraworriedmummyfied

Dyspraxia effects most aspects of movement in all areas of your life such as cleaning teeth, dressing, using cutlery, playing ball.
Start my teaching your child to jump over a rope. This is the first stage. Once she has done that- then swing the rope back and forth and get her to jump over that. break it down into stages

On the www.parent-plus. org site there is a fact sheet and guidance on learning to ride a bike -( in the activities at home section)

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:51:12

dear zoots
You probably need oily fish at least twice a week. some children may need more than this in order to have sufficient levels- we will know more when we have our full results from the study we have been doing - this should be published next year.
Avoid additives and colouring where you can- there has been some evidence of a link between benzoates and attention and concentration in young children

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:53:13

domesticslattern
There is lots of awful science around and poorly designed studies. It is important to understand what are complex issues that we undertake rigorous research that allows us to learn more and not make claims that cannot be later substantiated.
We have undertaken a large scale study on children but until we have all the results and they are published I cannot give the results as it would be ' bad science'.

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:56:38

RTKangaMummy

the research was from Marian Jongmanns in Holland. If you look this up on Google then you should find it
If not - contact the centre and I can find the link for you

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:58:27

mabanana

I think swimming lessons would be great
some children with motor difficulties sometimes find swimming under the water easier than on top- you could try a snorkel and flippers even-as this sometimes makes it easier. A patient teacher is important.

learning to play the piano can be difficult
I have seen some successes but learning to play the drums may be easier- and I have seen more success with this

ProfessorAmandaKirby Wed 12-Nov-08 13:59:33

RTKangaMummy

sorry quick follow up
some children with dyspraxia can have difficulties with spatial awareness - this is not an usual link

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Nov-08 14:01:35

I'm afraid that's all Professor Kirby's got time for - but she hopes she managed to answer most of your questions.

If there are any she hasn't answered, we're going to send them on to her - and she'll answer them for us later.

Thank you, Professor, for your time today. smile

RTKangaMummy Wed 12-Nov-08 15:12:17

Thanks

You have been really deffo brill

Am I right in thinking this is a typo and you mean UNusual ?

some children with dyspraxia can have difficulties with spatial awareness - this is not an usual link

Or do you mean there in NOT a link between dyspraxia and spatial awareness ?

btw we have one of those swiss balls that we have recently got him to sit on while watching TV

smilesmilesmile

Thanks expat re your DH that is excellent news that he drives a manual

smile

RTKangaMummy Wed 12-Nov-08 15:14:00

What I mean is we have an automatic car and although DH and I can drive manual it is hard to adapt back again

And so when hiring cars we always ask for automatic but in europe they are more money and harder to get

Mercy Wed 12-Nov-08 17:00:32

I'd forgotten I'd posted on this!

Too late now, but his nursery teacher only commented on his quieteness and his Reception teacher said he is doing fine, requiring far less support to come forward than she had anticipated.

He's only like this at outside of school so I guess it's behavioural. I don't know why though.

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