Educate Yourself

Educate Yourself

The most powerful tool available to support your child and to help them to be successful is education. Although it may feel overwhelming, the more you understand about what your child is experiencing, the more you can help.

Parents are a child’s number one advocate: You are doing the most important thing you can do right now. You are the constant in your child’s life and therefore their number one advocate.

Educate yourself in order to educate others: Many people, including health professionals, have never heard of DCD so you will play a key role in educating others. The knowledge that you gain here and elsewhere will help you to do this.

Understand your child’s rights and school or government policies

Use resources, books, websites: For a few suggestions, refer to CanChild's summary of resources.

Connect with other parents: Start a support network to share your experiences, frustrations and successes and help each other to advocate.

Seek out health professionals who are knowledgeable about DCD: Many occupational therapists and some physiotherapists have experience working with children with DCD and can help your child to learn new skills and participate more successfully at school, at home and in the community. If you live in Ontario this handout can assist you in finding an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist in your community