Workplace Webinar: Developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia) with Professor Amanda Kirby
This one-hour webinar is for workplace and educational professional with experience of SpLDs looking to gain insight’s on developmental coordination disorder (DCD), often called dyspraxia.
Wednesday 27th May 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Professor Amanda Kirby is one of the world’s leading DCD experts. She has a chair in developmental disorders in education at the University of South Wales, as well being patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, advisor to the Dyspraxia Association in Ireland and medical advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK.
Her session will cover:
- Fundamentals of DCD
- Indicators of DCD in children and adults, and diagnostic pathways
- Key challenges to consider for children and adults with DCD
- Strengths to illicit in children and adults with DCD
- What other neurodiverse traits cooccur with DCD
- What it might be if it’s not DCD
**1 hour CPD Certificate will be sent after attendance of the webinar**
Professor Amanda Kirby
Professor Amanda Kirby started her career as a GP and changed career when her second child was diagnosed with dyspraxia at three years of age. Her experience and frustrations (at times) as a parent finding her way round the health and educational system led to her consequently starting up an interdisciplinary specialist centre for parents and children (later on adults) more than 25 years ago in order to be able to provide practical support.
Her family is very neurodiverse and this has provided her with a unique understanding, insight and a passion to raise awareness and champion best practices. She was till recently, a professor at the University of South Wales, and has lectured to more than 100,000 individuals worldwide, written over 100 research papers and become internationally recognized in the field of neurodiversity as both a clinician and researcher.
Her research has leads to ways to provide practical solutions that make real changes for families and clinicians. Her PhD (after she became a professor) was relating to the changes that go on in adolescence in emerging adulthood and she developed screening tools which are now used internationally.
Over the years she has written nine books for children, parents, the health and educational professionals and for those in the workplace and have been translated into different languages.
Amanda has been on government advisory board as well as advising UK and international charities in the field of neurodiversity. This includes being a patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, Chair of Movement Matters UK and works with great UK charities including the Dyspraxia Foundation, British Dyslexia Association, North East Autism Society and the ADHD Foundation.
Ten years ago, she realised to reach and support more people effectively she needed to develop web based solutions with her colleague Dr Ian Smythe. Too many children and adult’s needs were missed, or being misunderstood and this was potentially costing them and society.
Amanda is CEO of Do-IT Solutions, a tech-for-good company. They have developed unique person-centred computer profiling tools and apps to support neurodiverse children and adults in a range of contexts including education, prisons and employment settings used nationally and internationally.
Her passion to make changes in society and increase the chances of showcasing talents in neurodiverse children and adults remains as strong as it was 30 years ago.
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