Working With Children With Dyspraxia (DCD)

Learn about the physical, emotional, social and educational impact of Dyspraxia or DCD on the whole child


Course breakdown

  10 hours on-demand video material and 10 hours offline learning

  Online tutor moderation

  Downloadable articles and resources

  Access on mobile and desktop

 Course Approved for the Department of Education and Skills EPV Summer Course Certificate 2024

  Full access to the course

Course Goals:

Obtain of the symptoms of dyspraxia/DCD in a typical child

Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of dyspraxia/DCD on a child

Understand the key components of dyspraxia/DCD

Become equipped with effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented

Understand the importance of appropriate therapy for the child with dyspraxia/DCD

Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder

effective strategies to support children with dyspraxia

Although Dyspraxia – also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) – is extremely common in school-aged children (5-15%), research has shown that the majority of professionals working with children have little to no knowledge about this condition. Because identifying this condition early on is essential in order to avail of timely supports, it is essential that every professional working with children has a full understanding of how Dyspraxia presents.

One of the reasons Dyspraxia is often not on the radar of professionals is because it is highly co-morbid with other conditions. In other words, children with Dyspraxia very often have other sensory, emotional and social issues. Those who complete this course will have a comprehensive knowledge of Dyspraxia, understand the serious impact this disorder has on the whole child and their lived experience in the world in terms of their psychological, emotional, physical and social wellness, and will be well-equipped with effective strategies to support these children’s needs.

This course is ten hours of audio content, visual content and assessment in total, and there are ten hours of recommended reading and resources for you to further develop your own learning.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

This course comes highly recommended as a Summer Course for teachers. Here is what our past students have to say:

Course Dates


July 1st - 13th 2024


July 15th - 26th 2024


August 1st - 16th 2024

Meet Your Instructor

Lorraine Lynch is CEO and Founder of the Child Psychology Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and English, a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Health Psychology. Lorraine is also the author of two books designed to promote children’s wellness – #100happydays4kids and Closing Saor’s Day. She is currently completing her thesis for her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.

It is essential that children meet adults who are responsive and understand how a child’s mind works so that they can truly blossom into happy successful adults.”

Course Aims

  • Understand the key psychological components of Dyspraxia
  • Be able to identify the different ways Dyspraxia impacts a child’s world
  • Be aware of the symptoms of Dyspraxia
  • Know the neurobiology of Dyspraxia
  • Have a good understanding of how the brain operates for a child with Dyspraxia
  • Have an awareness of how the body operates for a child with Dyspraxia
  • Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of Dyspraxia on a child
  • Understand the importance of appropriate supports for the child
  • Know how to support children with Dyspraxia in the classroom
  • Be introduced to effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented


Each course is divided into three groups that are running on the following dates:

  • Group One: July 1st – 13th 2024
  • Group Two: July 15th – 26th 2024
  • Group Three: August 1st – 16th 2024

The course starts and ends on each of the above dates. It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you complete tasks within your chosen course’s dates!

Yes, all work is monitored by our e-tutor team, which means that you will receive feedback and you will be notified if more detail is required.

All of our EPV Summer Courses are just €99 per course. Pay just €175 for two courses or €250 for three!

Just add the course and the date to your cart and the discount will automatically be applied. Remember, as per DES guidelines, you cannot complete two courses in the same time-frame.

Our primary focus is on you learning and then supporting children with their emotional wellness. As a result, we place value on reflective learning. You’ll be asked to discuss your own understanding and experiences, as well as brief summaries of important topics. All assignments are less than 500 words.

We are obsessed with children’s wellness and our mission is to impart as much knowledge as we can on to the people who matter – the teachers and SNAs who are guiding, supporting and shaping our children every single day.

All of our courses have been developed with the most current research in the area of health and educational psychology. Students who have completed courses with us in the past keep coming back for more. Why? Because our customers complete courses that are jam-packed full of meaningful information and effective strategies that really do create change, not just across classrooms, but across careers!

We will be in touch before your course starts with login instructions. For now, enjoy the last term of school and we’ll see you in July/August for some summer learning!