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Apprenticeship Newsletters - October 2021

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2021 Oct 6-11

Dyspraxia Awareness Week this year will focus on Further and Higher Education and Dyspraxia in Adulthood.

What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech, DCD is a lifelong condition. DCD occurs across the range of intellectual abilities, individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.

An individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment.

Children may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, typing, and riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities. In adulthood many of these difficulties will continue, as well as learning new skills at home, in education and work, such as driving a car and DIY.

There may be a range of co-occurring difficulties which can also have serious negative impacts on daily life. These include social and emotional difficulties as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation, and these may also affect an adult’s education or employment experiences.

Many people with DCD also experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought. There are also many strengths associated with this neurotype. Big picture thinking, problem solving, tenacity, creativity and empathy are all qualities associated with DCD.  

What causes dyspraxia?

Although the exact causes of dyspraxia are unknown, it is thought to be caused by a disruption in the way messages from the brain are transmitted to the body. This affects a person’s ability to perform movements in a smooth, coordinated way.

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Fundraising Appeal | Dyspraxia Foundation


Chocolate Week 

October 14-19

Here is the one all chocolate lovers have been waiting for, Chocolate Week!

A few interesting facts:
White Chocolate Is Not Chocolate. This is because it doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, meaning it isn’t chocolate in the strict sense. But it does contain parts of the cacao bean‚ mainly cocoa butter.

The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so highly that they used it as currency during the height of their civilisation.

A jewel thief made off with $28 million dollars of gems in 2007 because he was able to gain the trust of the guards working the bank in Antwerp, Belgium, by repeatedly offering them chocolate. The blood in Psycho’s famous shower scene was actually chocolate syrup.

The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from, Theobroma cacao, means food of the gods. It’s believed that people who are allergic to chocolate are actually allergic to cockroaches, as around eight insect parts are typically found in a bar of chocolate, according to the Food and Drug Administration. At one point the Nazis plotted to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate. There is a rare fourth kind of chocolate in addition to the classic milk, dark, and white varieties: blonde chocolate.

The film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was financed by Quaker Oats to promote its new Wonka Bar candy. This is also why the film is called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory instead of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory like the book it’s based on. The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry.

Chocolate Week | The UK's biggest Chocolate celebration

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