August 17, 2016
The Dyspraxia Foundation SE Wales support group, set up by Research Dyscovery’s Dr Catherine Purcell along with OT Sally Scott-Roberts, is in the news this week for the positive impact it is having on one young man’s life.
A Mum from Newport has paid tribute to volunteers who give their free time to support people of all ages with dyspraxia.
Julia Mathias-Jones says that the Dyspraxia Foundation South East Wales children’s group, which is based in the city, has given her son, Thomas, six, amazing support since he first attended.
The group was started earlier this year by Dr Catherine Purcell, a psychology lecturer who works at the University of South Wales (USW), and Sally Scott-Roberts, an occupational therapist who works at Cardiff University.
The aim is to support the families of children in the south east Wales area who have Developmental Dyspraxia (often referred to as Developmental Coordination Disorder) – a developmental disorder which affects motor co-ordination.
As well as offering peer support, the group also complements statutory health and education services and focuses on encouraging the children to have fun and make friends.