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Tree Fu Tom gets new TV sales and master toy deal

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has inked a deal with European toy distributor Giochi Preziosi for the master toy rights to the animated, interactive preschool series Tree Fu Tom, and the show has been picked up by a number of new broadcasters around the world.

The new master toy agreement will see Giochi Preziosi produce and distribute a range of Tree Fu Tom toys (action figures, playsets, role play items and vehicles), in the UK and across Europe. The toyco also has the exclusive toy rights across EMEA.

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Dyspraxia UK creator on her trike to clean up town

FROM traversing Faversham on her trike to growing her own food, Frances Beaumont is a grandmother on a mission.

The 68-year-old has been involved with environmental group Transition Town Faversham for three years as it tries to cut down on using fossil fuels. But it is not just the environment Frances is helping. As an occupational therapist, she has come out of retirement to set up Dyspraxia UK which supports people with the neurological condition.

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Playing Rugby With Dyspraxia by Tom Remp

Saturday, as the song goes, is a rugby day. For every rugger that means the shrugging off of our every-day facades and becoming, for a few brief hours, someone different. Investment bankers morph into bleeding-headed warriors, marketing experts throw themselves over heaped humanity with barrel chests, lawyers claw forward up the field with hands grabbing desperately at their ankles, and school teachers sit and spit blood from torn lips, eyes blinded by sweat. From the blow of the first whistle, to the final seconds before the sound of the last, and the beer swilled, mud caked drink-up that follows, we feel special. Other men, our friends and colleagues, sit at home at their televisions while we run through sleet and snow, rain and sun, braving the elements for the chance of a glory, few but us care about or understand.

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Tree Fu Tom: Combating Dyspraxia

Tree Fu Tom is about a boy who can magically transform himself to enter a tree in his garden and become part of the Treetopolis world of butterflies, sprites, bugs and naughty fungi. David plays Tom’s best friend, the often over-excited acorn sprite Twigs.

The exercises Tom encourages young viewers to do have been specifically designed to improve the co-ordination of children with dyspraxia (often known as clumsy child syndrome) which is said to effect one in ten of the population.

‘I would never have imagined a programme like this could be used in this way to help combat dyspraxia,’ says David. ‘It will be fascinating to see if it does have a positive effect. The children will certainly have a good time trying.’

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Dyspraxic is chosen to run the Olympic torch

A KEEN runner who has a life-long condition which affects his co-ordination has been named as the first Wokingham person to be a torch bearer for the Olympic Games.

Kieran Wassell, from Emmbrook – and supported by St John The Evangelist in Woodley – has been selected to carry the Olympic flame when it arrives in Reading on July 11.

The 24-year-old said: “It is such an honour and I was over the moon about it when I found out.

“I do a lot of running for the Dyspraxia Foundation and they nominated me to be a torch bearer.”

Kieran, who works at Morrisons in Woosehill, was diagnosed with Dyspraxia when he was just nine and turned to running as the condition meant he found team sports challenging.

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Brianna Silver organizes bake sale for the Foundation

Below is a clipping featuring one of our teen advocates, Brianna Silver, about how and why she organizes a bake sale to help Dysraxia Foundation USA.

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French press review 28 February 2012

Jean Dujardin, the winner of the Best Actor in Sunday’s Oscars, graces the front pages of all the newspapers in France today.

In a long article that profiles Dujardin, his rugby trainer from childhood recounts how difficult it was for him in school. Apparently, Dujardin struggled with writing, and showed signs of having dyspraxia, a neurological disease that affects physical coordination. He was also hopeless at rugby, but was apparently a fast runner, which saved him from being constantly tackled by his three brothers.

But it was Dujardin’s ability to make people laugh that made up for what he lacked in the classroom and on the rugby field. It’s his humouristic charisma the paper says, that Dujardin has been using to charm Hollywood.

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Florence Welch: Quirky mind behind Machine

If you’re picking up complex woman from that quick emotional download, Welch would be the first to concur.

Raised by a mother who teaches Renaissance studies and a father in advertising, Welch saw her childhood turn dark in her early teens when she contended with the suicide of a grandparent. She also learned she had dyspraxia, a form of dyslexia that doesn’t affect reading but instead leaves her an organizational wreck.

Sounds became her salvation, she says, recalling early days listening to her father’s CDs (The Smiths, Velvet Underground), which proved to be gateway discs to favorites such as Eurythmics and Nirvana. That gave way to “an obsession” with movie soundtracks, particularly Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pulp Fiction.

“Music is my way out. I keep things locked up and never say anything,” she says. “I guess in order to say something to one person, I have to sing it to a couple of thousand. It doesn’t make for healthy relationships.”

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Dyspraxia Explained

What is it?

A child with dyspraxia can present with a wide spectrum of difficulties. The term is, however, used to describe co-ordination difficulties with evidence of significant perceptual problems in the majority of cases. Caution should be taken when using the term as it may eventually be loosely applied to every child who shows a little forgetfulness, disorganisation and clumsiness in their daily routines. Children develop at different rates and this should always be taken into consideration when looking at individual cases.

The term dyspraxia is taken from the Greek word duspraxia. Duspraxia is formed of dus(or dys) and praxia(or praxis which is taken from an older Greek word prassein).Praxis is to practice an act or a  function, pass through, experience; therefore “to act”. Dys means impaired, ill or abnormal, so the literal meaning of dyspraxia is ill-doing or abnormal act.

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A disability that nobody can see

LUC CARPENTER often cries all the way home from school, complaining that he is hungry or that he has had a bad day or that somebody has been mean to him.

As a seven-year-old boy with the “hidden disorder” of dyspraxia, the school day is a huge ordeal physically, academically and socially. He is exhausted afterwards.

The moment his mother, Michelle, gets him back to their home, in Clane, Co Kildare, she needs to give him food, as he will probably have eaten little if anything since breakfast. Then he has a break before they face the challenge of homework.

His writing is “absolutely appalling”, she says. “I have to say, ‘I will do this line if you do that line.’ Spelling – it is like banging your head against a brick wall. At the moment he seems to be good at maths, which I am highlighting.”

Dyspraxia, or developmental co- ordination disorder as it is known medically, is an immaturity in the way the brain processes information. It affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is estimated that at least one child in every class of 30 has the condition, although the degree of severity varies and it often co-exists with other disorders, such as dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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