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Alambil Wed 10-Jun-09 10:51:35

I feel like I'm not really worthy of being in this section.....!

I have just got back from the assessment with DS (for DCD - developmental co-ordination delay I think it is) and it turns out he does have the condition.

He is being referred for an occupational therapy exam / assessment and then they'll see what help they can offer us.

Fortunately the waiting list is only 4-5 weeks at the mo I think so it's not too bad, is it?

Does anyone else's dc have DCD?

troutpout Wed 10-Jun-09 11:25:50


yes we are a rather select bunch of people

my ds doesn't have dcd but has dyspraxia (and aspergers). I'm guessing it's similar to dyspraxia? or perhaps an early type of dypraxia?

Just wanted to welcome you anyway smile

monstermansmum Wed 10-Jun-09 11:27:22

Of course you are worthy!!! Welcome to MN grin

There are many different SNs on here, somebdy with knowledge of your Ds's condition will be along soon.

5inthebed Wed 10-Jun-09 12:05:32

You're not worthy, you have to a longer waiting list to be able to post here wink

Never heard of DCD, but DS2 has dyspraxia. We are still waiting of OT appointment, so envy of your short wait!

How old is he?

siblingrivalry Wed 10-Jun-09 12:09:14

Hi Lewisfan, and welcome smile
It is lovely on here and you will get some great advice. Is DCD the same as dyspraxia?[shamefully ignorant emoticon]

coppertop Wed 10-Jun-09 13:00:58

If you have to be worthy to post here I'd better go and get my coat now!

Welcome to the SN board.

Seuss Wed 10-Jun-09 13:12:14

Hello - don't have experience of DCD (ASD is our SN specialist subject in this house) but welcome anyway and don't worry about that being 'worthy' nonsense - everyone is lovely and un-judgmental on here! Sounds like you live in a good area for waiting times and assesments and stuff!smile

Alambil Wed 10-Jun-09 14:08:54

DCD is the "official" name for dyspraxia from what the peadiatrician said this morning - they are ever so slightly different I think (dyspraxia is motor skills, dcd is fine motor / co-ordination or something and the umbrella term most lay-people use)

Ds can kick a ball and walk up and down stairs confidently, but he can't do two-limb things like draw around a lid (without swapping hands / taking hand off the paper) or stuff like that

The problem I've got is they ask about family history and I don't know 50% of DS's history because my ex was adopted so I've no idea on HIS genetic history

anonandlikeit Wed 10-Jun-09 16:17:57

Hi Lewisfan, welcome, of course you are worthy smile no experience of DCD, ds2 has CP & ASD.
ds1 has stroppy 9yr old, he knows best syndrome, I've heard there is no cure!

2shoes Wed 10-Jun-09 16:30:22

hello lewisfan

Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 16:38:02

Hello lewisfan smile

Haven't come across DCD, ds2 is at the very start of dyspraxia (and a possible adhd) dx if they are similar? No dx yet though and we're in no hurry, we already have a collection PMSL.


troutpout Wed 10-Jun-09 16:38:33

I'm guessing some people just use different terms... lol !just to confuse us. It's a bit like 'aspergers' and 'hfa'
How old is your ds Lewisfan? ds has had occupaitional therapy and an assessment for his dyspraxia....have they told you some of the things they may do to help/assess him?

SuperSoph73 Wed 10-Jun-09 16:42:27

Welcome LewisFan Everyone's worthy round here so come on in & enjoy.

Afraid I can't help regarding DCD but our DS2 has Mosaic Downs Syndrome and he has occupational therapy 3 times a week. He's only 14 months though so a bit early to see whether he can draw round a lid, etc

TotalChaos Wed 10-Jun-09 18:35:07

hello and welcome, I wouldn't worry too much about family history questions, with something like dyspraxia I think it's more a point of interest as to whether it might run in the family than any vital info for them, I am in a sort of similar position as I don't know my father's family at all. 4-5 week wait for OT sounds very positive, hope that they put in the relevant advice/support quickly for your DS.

Alambil Wed 10-Jun-09 18:43:05

Yes, they are hoping to have it sorted by the end of term (or at least the ball rolling)

The paediatrician (can't spell that one!) said they'll assess him for about an hour and then decide what sort of things he needs help with - it may be 1 to 1 or it may be group therapy so we'll just have to wait and see.

The assessment will be more in depth of what she did today - hand-eye coordination, kicking a ball, writing, drawing - that sort of stuff as her exam was only a screening one to see if there are issues.

School seem thoroughly shocked that there is an issue. They kept saying that it's just his age etc but I KNEW it wasn't!

Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 19:14:29

We also don't have much family history on dh's side- FIL was abandoned as a toddler, MIL was placed intocare at 7 and has had no contact with maternal side since then- in fact only saw Mum once again, though dad took her home a year later(and we have no contact with her anyway)

DS2 can't draw around a lid, I know that as we were trying to do it to draw a palnet the other day. I was quitre stunned at the time, now I am wondering if its significant.

Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 19:15:47

There's a rule here LF that boys can't be assessed for such things before 8 as they will grow out of it- end of year 3 is the functional stage for that. That's in a few weeks, so we will no doubt see next term what they want to do.

5inthebed Wed 10-Jun-09 19:32:30

Good for you for going with your instinct rather than just agreeing when the school said there wasn't an issue! I would always go with your instinct. After all, you know him best!

My DS2 can't kick a ball. Actually I think its more he doesn't want to. He would rather pick it up and throw it.

Alambil Wed 10-Jun-09 20:44:41

DS can do the actual kick but it doesn't go where he wants it to so the boys won't let him join in football at school

Peachy, that's crap about the age 8 thing (not saying you're crap - just the rule) - either they have it and adapt to life without support, or they don't adapt - I don't think people grow out of it though

ChopsTheDuck Thu 11-Jun-09 08:02:45

Hi Lewisfan, welcome to the sn board!
I saw your thread before the appointment, glad you got an answer. smile

I have a ds1 who has dyspraxia amongst other things. He LOVES football, but is more likely to get kicked that do any kicking, unfortunately! I think this is a tough age for them, strength and sporting ability seems to be very important in the playground atm. sad

dcd - developmental co-ordination disorder. I know it's the term favoured in other countries, and seems to be becoming more popular here. I think it is basically the same thing though.

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