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Is EPIC suitable for children with DCD/Dyspraxia?

This blog post was written by Sinead Rhodes, Claire Tai, Peter Wu and Penny Shutt We have been busy working on a pilot study to see if EPIC activities would be suitable for children with Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD). A pilot study is a small-scale study with a small number of children taking part –…

Co-production of the EPIC programme with children, parents, education and clinical professionals

The EPIC programme aims to improve thinking, learning and behaviour in neurodivergent children. EPIC focuses on understanding and supporting thinking difficulties, through psychoeducation and use of strategies. This understanding and support can help improve everyday life for neurodivergent children at home and school. The principles of EPIC such as a transdiagnostic individualised approach were developed…

Overcoming Barriers to Co- Production, A Parent Carer Perspective

I love co- production because it is a way of working where everyone around the table has an equal voice. When I talk about co-production, I mean it from a viewpoint of complete equity which includes removing barriers to maximize participation and paying and crediting people for their work. As a carer my most valuable…

NDAS22- Through the eyes of a Parent Carer

I was invited to speak at Edinburgh University at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar (NDAS22) conference. The conference was wonderful. From start to finish, I was included and made to feel welcome. There was warmth in the room and a buzz of excitement. One of the things that really struck me about the day was…

Guidelines for recruitment and conducting co-production with neurodivergent children and adults

Blog 4 of 4 in the Insights From Researchers on Co-production blog series EPIC blogs usually focus on parent, teacher and clinician audiences. This series of blogs are the findings from a workshop for researchers entitled Overcoming barriers to co-production with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities which took place during the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar 2022 held in Edinburgh. Following…

Thinking skills and learning maths in children with ADHD

Successful maths learning is linked to a range of skills involving processing of numbers. When a child finds learning maths tricky these number skills are often focused on as the source of the difficulty. Learning maths also relies on having good thinking skills such as efficient memory. Much less focus though has been given to…

Science Communication and Public Engagement for Research about Neurodiversity and Disabilities

Blog 3 of 4 in the Insights From Researchers on Co-production blog series EPIC blogs usually focus on parent, teacher and clinician audiences. This series of blogs are the findings from a workshop for researchers entitled Overcoming barriers to co-production with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities which took place during the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar 2022 held in Edinburgh. Following…

Better not do it at all, than do co-production badly: Trust, Expectations & Payment

Blog 2 of 4 in the Insights From Researchers on Co-production blog series EPIC blogs usually focus on parent, teacher and clinician audiences. This series of blogs are the findings from a workshop for researchers entitled Overcoming barriers to co-production with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities which took place during the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Annual Seminar 2022 held in Edinburgh.…

ADHD in the news: media reporting in 2022

The Neurodevelopmental condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has historically received negative attention in the media in comparison to similar conditions such as Autism, Dyspraxia or Dyslexia. What is the current state of play? It is clear there are improvements in reporting in comparison to common media reporting from the time I first started carrying…

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