SOLD OUT Modules 1-4 Best practice assessment for children and young people with DCD 

The essentials of assessment of DCD/Dyspraxia for children- using an evidence-informed approach to enhance professional report writing. OT for Life in partnership with Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland are proud to offer a new two part training programme for Occupational Therapists who are interested in learning  about the essentials of assessment of DCD/Dyspraxia for children using an evidence-informed approach to enhance professional report writing. This course will present the latest research evidence and enrich occupational therapists report writing skills and occupational formulation skills.

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. DCD often co-occurs with other disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Early identification of children with, or at risk of, DCD is essential to help prevent the potential for negative developmental trajectories and psychosocial consequences associated with DCD (Zwicker et al. 2021).

Occupational Therapists are most often the primary professionals who help guide and assist the child and family in understanding and managing the impact of DCD in everyday life. An evidence-informed approach to DCD assessment is crucial to formulate and write an expert and insightful occupational therapy report.

Course Facilitator

This course is facilitated by Áine O’Dea a highly skilled clinical occupational therapist and PhD research scholar. Aine is an occupational therapist with over twenty years clinical and research experience and is one of Ireland’s foremost experts in Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Áine was the first occupational therapist in Ireland to receive the prestigious SPHeRE (HRB – Health Research Board) scholarship, during which she completed her doctoral studies in the area of DCD, examining both the most effective interventions to treat this disorder, and how to combat the negative impacts it has on inclusion and participation for young people. Aine has worked closely with Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland for some years sharing her passion for education and knowledge with parents of children and adults with DCD.

Part 1

Modules One to Four prepares the Occupational therapist to confidently undertake an assessment of DCD. Participants complete four core modules delivered online. Each module will be recorded so that if you cannot attend the live online modules in person you can undertake the module in your own time. All modules for Part 1 of the programme must be completed prior to beginning Part 2.

About Modules 1-4

Module 1 – DCD and the Neuroscience

This module will present how neuroscience should inform the assessment of DCD and report writing.

Module 2 – Best Practice Assessment

This module will examine what constitutes an occupational therapy assessment that meets the diagnostic criterion and best practice international clinical  guidelines

Module 3 – Understanding the complexity of the profile of DCD 

This module will look at the research evidence that informs the complexity of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social outcomes of DCD. It will examine how this profile needs to be understood at the individual level to prescribe appropriate recommendations for the child, family, and school.

Module 4 – Formulating and writing a professional occupational therapy report

This module will examine how to formulate the findings from the assessment into an evidence-informed report.

Course Dates Modules 1-4

  1. Tuesday 22nd March 9:00am-10:30am
  2. Tuesday 29th March 9:00am-10:30am
  3. Tuesday 5th April 9:00am-10:30am
  4. Tuesday 12th April 9:00am-10:30am


  1. Part 1 – Modules 1-4 €250 (inclusive for all four modules)

Please Note

You will be required to complete modules 1-4 in full before being eligible to complete module 5.

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