Improving learner outcomes

Dyspraxia and Motor Coordination Difficulties
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
Flexible licensing options

About dyspraxia and motor coordination difficulties

In many classrooms there are learners who have difficulty with:

Gave me great insight into motor coordination – it's definitely raised awareness and knowledge of motor coordination.

Primary Teacher

  • fine motor skills, such as writing, drawing, and using scissors, and manual dexterity
  • gross motor skills, such as walking up and down stairs, dressing, eating and coordination
  • playground and sports activities, such as running, jumping and catching or kicking a ball
  • low self-esteem as a result of their difficulties

These learners may have motor coordination difficulties (MCD), also known as dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder. There are degree of MCD, and there may be co-occurring difficulties such as speech and language difficulties, poor organisational skills, challenging behaviour and social difficulties.

Providing CPD in disability and inclusion since 2008

I think that all teachers in Australia should do this course as MCD affects so many students in so many ways. It isn't hard to do and improving our knowledge will have a positive result on all students.

Primary Teacher

Who is the course for?

Our Dyspraxia and Motor Coordination Difficulties course is perfect for those who work in schools and specialist settings, such as teachers, learning and support teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. The target age range is 4-18 years, although the course may also benefit education professionals in pre-school and kindergarten settings.

Over 172,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting learners with dyspraxia and motor coordination difficulties.

How would you rate your current skills in planning and implementing interventions for students with dyspraxia and motor coordination difficulties?

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident

Pre

Pre chart
  • 7.4%
  • 64.3%
  • 26.1%
  • 2.2%

Post

Post chart
  • 1.5%
  • 38.2%
  • 60.3%

As of December 2019

This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing an understanding of the impact of motor coordination difficulties. It offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific identified needs.

See what people say about our courses...

Designed for professionals

This training has helped us to be even more conscious of the students troubles and get extra support where necessary.

Secondary Teacher

Course content

This course looks at the impact MCD can have on a student’s life and shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these students. You will learn how to further understand their needs and develop a range of strategies to improve learning outcomes.

  • Understanding
    Learn about the characteristics and range of impairments associated with motor coordination difficulties, and understand the difficulties learners can have in planning and carrying out movement. Experience what it may feel like to have motor coordination difficulties.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Explore the main types and purposes of assessment, and using checklists to carry out observations. Understand how and when to refer children to multi-professional teams for motor assessment.
  • Interventions
    Explore a range of strategies to enable students to build and master motor skills, and modify tasks and the learning environment to help them succeed. Recognise the importance of making reasonable adjustments in social and sporting activities to maximise the inclusion of these students.
  • Case Studies
    View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • recognise and describe the main features of motor learning difficulties
  • describe, using correct terminology, the difficulties students can have in planning and carrying out movement
  • identify the characteristics and range of impairments associated with motor coordination difficulties
  • refer children for motor assessment to the appropriate multi-professional teams
  • use checklists to carry out observations of a child’s motor skills
  • apply a graduated response to meeting the needs of students with motor difficulties, using the assess, plan, do review cycle
  • employ strategies that enable students to build and master motor skills
  • modify tasks, alter expectations and change the classroom environment to help students meet with success
  • make reasonable adjustments in social and sporting activities to maximise the inclusion of students with motor difficulties
  • set SMART goals and implement strategies for improving outcomes

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