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Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2014 will take place from 12 to 18 October. The theme this year is “There’s more to it than just motor skills”. 

Organisers the Dyspraxia Foundation will be focussing its efforts on raising awareness of the problems facing teenagers with the condition.

Many people are familiar with some of the physical signs of dyspraxia, such as frequently falling over, difficulty walking up and down stairs, poor hand-eye co-ordination, lack of spatial awareness, difficulty getting dressed and illegible handwriting. However, according to the Foundation, it can be the emotional aspects of dyspraxia that hit teenagers and young adults the hardest. These problems can be particularly profound for young people as they negotiate common issues such as the transition to secondary school or college, friendships, potential bullying, leaving home and having to fend for themselves.

The charity believes that developmental dyspraxia is a much misunderstood condition – it used to be labelled “clumsy child syndrome” – yet it has very real complications for the many people living with it.

This year, Dyspraxia Awareness Week will include its first “Funky Friday”, on 17 October, when the public will be urged to show support to the Foundation by wearing their most colourful item of clothing to work or school.

Following the recent award of a three year grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the charity has also announced that it has re-invigorated its key support services and awareness packages, and resources for people living with dyspraxia, their families and the professionals who support them. 

It has launched a new website and taken on a full-time Information Officer. Later this year, a new Teenage Information Officer will also be appointed to offer advice for young people with dyspraxia, particularly via social media networks.

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