What is Developmental Coordination Disorder?

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) or Dyspraxia is a common developmental condition, thought to affect between 2-6% of people. It is diagnosed when a person has  difficulties in learning everyday motor skills. These motor difficulties can affect a range of activities such as dressing, using utensils and playing sports. These may also influence academic and vocational performance. 

Does My Child Have Dyspraxia or

Developmental Motor Coordination Disorder?

Do they....

Appear clumsy, bump into things, or use too much force?

Find hopping, skipping and jumping challenging?

Mis-time catching a ball?

Have difficulty learning to ride a bike?

Have difficulty doing buttons or zips?

Need help initiating new games?

Find it difficult learning a new skill?

Struggle to get dressed in the correct order?

Movement ABC Assessment

We would use this tool to assess any motor developmental delay or impairment having an impact everyday activities at home and in school.

The assessment is a recognised standardised assessment used all over the world and is the initial assessment tool requested by Cornish paediatricians in the process of diagnosing DCD. 

What is Sensory Integration?

Our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in our everyday life. 

Different parts of our body receive sensory information from our environment (such as our skin, eyes and ears).  Our brain interprets the information it receives, compares it to information from other senses, and information stored in our memory. Once processed the brain uses all of this information to help us respond to our environment. Sensory integration is critical for us to be able to live independent lives, as it allows us to complete all our typical daily activities, such as getting dressed, eating, socialising, learning and working.

Does My Child Have Sensory Integration Difficulties?​

Do they...

Appear sensitive to sounds?

Become irritated by labels and textures of clothes?

Seem disorganised, forgetful or chaotic?

Tend to be slow to or not respond to their name being called?

Not notice when food is on their face or hands?

Struggle to copy from the board at school?

Lose their place when reading a book?

Seek out rough and tumble play?

Become overwhelmed in busy or messy rooms or places?

Have difficulty writing letters or numbers without reversals?

Sensory Integration Assessment

Assessment includes taking a detailed history from parents and, if appropriate, nursery or school. Clinical Observations and the child's typical play will be  observed in clinic and possibly home and at school. Depending on the child's age standardised assessments may also be recommended, including the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). 

Specialist Assessment

Senara Occupational therapy provide a comprehensive assessments across Cornwall and the Southwest.

 We report on your child's difficulties, enabling you to seek the additional support you need.

We can also refer you to other services as and when needed, for example Paediatricians, Autism Assessment Team and Speech and Language Therapy.

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School Meetings

Senara Occupational therapy attend school meetings to share assessment findings, provide practical solutions to classroom and playground difficulties, as well as supporting the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process.

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Sensory Integration Therapy

It's a neurodevelopment-developmental approach that is scientifically researched and evidenced to enable the brain to rewire itself to be able to perform everyday activities with more ease. More importantly for children... it's a fun, play therapy based on the child's interests.

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What our clients are saying

Just wanted to say a huge Thank You for all you've done for us so far!. All the fab advice and tests, that have finally got us on a pathway, and helped us to understand our little man's behaviours and quirks!. Whether it's been fitting in a school visit, visiting us at home, or in your own setting, we always come away feeling positive and nothing ever seems to be too much trouble for you. You guys are just fab! Just wish we could give you 10*'s!

Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioners

As advanced sensory integration practitioners we are qualified to provide robust assessments, providing excellent clinical reasoning. We provide advanced therapeutic skill for SI intervention. We utilise creative thinking techniques in seeking solutions to complex problems, responding to the diverse needs of individuals.


Sensory Integration Network

The aim of the Sensory Integration Network is to promote education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration.

We work closely with the SI Network, lecturing for them across the country and leading in the management of their social media.


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