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(SPARK) Developmental and Co-ordination Resources

Developmental and Co-ordination Resources

Who is this pack for?

This resource pack has been compiled for use in Primary Schools to help them identify children that have some difficulties with their developmental co-ordination and to provide them with some strategies that can be used immediately. The information can also be used by secondary schools, depending on the needs of the child.
 
For pre-school children there is an alternative resource called SPARKEY which all preschools should have access to.
 
 
While the information in this pack is aimed at children with developmental co-ordination difficulties, careful note should be made of the precautionary measures which should be followed. Any activities used should be presented under the discretion of the school staff.
 
This information is very general and is not aimed specifically at the individual child. When a child is assessed by our service a report will be written which will include individual advice.
 
Please look at the “Signs and Symptoms” listed in section 2. If you recognise the specific difficulties listed as relevant for your child please refer to the sections recommended.

Referral process

For a full outline of the referral process please refer to the flow chart in Section 3.  You will also find a referral form in this section which needs to be completed when you wish to refer a child to the Paediatric Therapy Service.  It is important that the school implements the resources in this pack for one term prior to a referral into the Therapy service.  This will give a clearer presentation of the child’s main difficulties and may also reduce the need for further intervention.

Supplemental Information

The activity ideas listed throughout this resource pack are not exhaustive and can be supplemented with additional creative ideas and reading.  There is a further resource list for this purpose in Appendix 3.  The Paediatric Therapy service also runs regular training courses to supplement the information in this pack.  Please contact your local service for further information.
 
 
We hope that you will find this pack useful and that both you and the children have fun implementing the advice!
 

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SECTION 1 - Introduction.docSECTION 1 - Introduction
SECTION 2 - A Brief word on Co-ordination Difficulties.docSECTION 2 - A Brief word on Co-ordination Difficulties
SECTION 3 - Symptoms you may encounter Referral Flow Chart and Referral Form.docSECTION 3 - Symptoms you may encounter Referral Flow Chart and Referral Form
SECTION 4 - Screening Tool.docSECTION 4 - Screening Tool
SECTION 5 - Precautionary Measures.docSECTION 5 - Precautionary Measures
SECTION 6 - How to grade tasks and encourage independence.docSECTION 6 - How to grade tasks and encourage independence
SECTION 7 - Strategies for Improving Attention and Activity levels.docSECTION 7 - Strategies for Improving Attention and Activity levels
SECTION 8 - Organizational Skills.docSECTION 8 - Organizational Skills
SECTION 9 - Gross Motor Building Blocks.docSECTION 9 - Gross Motor Building Blocks
SECTION 10 Integrated Classroom Ideas.docSECTION 10 Integrated Classroom Ideas
SECTION 11 - Correct Sitting Posture.docSECTION 11 - Correct Sitting Posture
SECTION 12 - Strategies for Improving Handwriting.docSECTION 12 - Strategies for Improving Handwriting
SECTION 13 - Strategies for Stationary – scissors and compass skills.docSECTION 13 - Strategies for Stationary – scissors and compass skills
SECTION 14 - Strategies for Improving Self Care.docSECTION 14 - Strategies for Improving Self Care
SECTION 15 - Strategies for improving Visual Perceptual Skills.docSECTION 15 - Strategies for improving Visual Perceptual Skills
SECTION 16 Multi Sensory Strategies.docSECTION 16 Multi Sensory Strategies
SECTION 17 - Gross Motor Group Format.docSECTION 17 - Gross Motor Group Format
APPENDIX 1 - Suppliers of Equipment.docAPPENDIX 1 - Suppliers of Equipment
APPENDIX 2 - Resources and Leisure Activities in the Community.docAPPENDIX 2 - Resources and Leisure Activities in the Community
APPENDIX 3 - Booklists and Information already available.docAPPENDIX 3 - Booklists and Information already available
APPENDIX 4 - Acknowledgements.docAPPENDIX 4 - Acknowledgements
Resource Pack Cover.docResource Pack Cover

​SECTION 14 - Strategies for Improving Self Care - Additional Resources

  
  
Letter re CPD Cohort 1  Workshop 2 with agenda from Sarah Foulkes 22.1.19.pdfLetter re CPD Cohort 1 Workshop 2 with agenda from Sarah Foulkes 22.1.19
Letter re CPD Cohort 2 Workshop 2 with agenda from Sarah Foulkes  22.1.19.pdfLetter re CPD Cohort 2 Workshop 2 with agenda from Sarah Foulkes 22.1.19
Conference - Leading Communication and Literacy vs 1.4.pdfConference - Leading Communication and Literacy vs 1.4
Making Sense of Metacognition datasheet - Alex Quigley v1.3.pdfMaking Sense of Metacognition datasheet - Alex Quigley v1.3
Conference - Secondary Science vs 1.0.pdfConference - Secondary Science vs 1.0
Leading Learning - West Somerset Research School - event flyer v2.5 2019.pdfLeading Learning - West Somerset Research School - event flyer v2.5 2019
University Bursary Grants flyer 2018 draft go live dates.pdfUniversity Bursary Grants flyer 2018 draft go live dates
education grants newsletter winter 2017-8.pdfeducation grants newsletter winter 2017-8
Wheelbarrow Autumn 2017 (issue 63).pdfWheelbarrow Autumn 2017 (issue 63)
Wheelbarrow Summer 2017 (issue 62).pubWheelbarrow Summer 2017 (issue 62)
Completed right handed shoelaces.pdfCompleted right handed shoelaces
Completed knife and fork.pdfCompleted knife and fork
Complete Tying a tie.pdfComplete Tying a tie
Complete left handed shoelaces.pdfComplete left handed shoelaces
Complete buttons.pdfComplete buttons