A video explaining one person's experience of Dyspraxia:
11 June, 2010
Thankyou so much for the video i found it very intresting what courage you have , i have a seven year old little girl who has dyspraxia and been diagnosed for two years and it helps to know there is light at the end of the tunnel does anyone else no of any groups where i take my daughter to meet children who have dyspraxia please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
14 June, 2010
I've not actually been diagnosed with dyspraxia but I have a feeling I have it. I've just watched your video and I can relate loads to what you were saying. My hand eye coordination is horrible. I've never been any good at computer games or sport and I constantly walk into things or fall over.
My concentration is appalling, I have an on-going joke with a friend that if you want to keep me interested in a conversation you should make sure there are no shiny objects around. But all jokes aside this has a massive impact on my life, especially now that I have returned to education. I am doing courses with the Open University, one of which is an English for Academics course which of course asks me to write on subjects that don't really interest me and this is when it shows up the most. It makes learning very difficult. When I'm tired or stressed it even makes it impossible to do assignments because I just can't focus my attention to be able to write answers that if short and sweet I could do easily.
This brings me to another thing that you mentioned. Your ability to convey the things you mean. Where you have something in your head that you want to express but you just don't know how. It's incredibly infuriating and at one point, whilst doing an oral presentation, reduced me to tears.
I have found these things have a massive impact on my life and I hate that people assume I'm stupid, it tears me apart because I know that I am very intelligent but even my boyfriend was surprised that I achieved the highest SAT's in my year in primary school.
Is it worth going to my doctors to be tested for it? How much would this affect my Uni work? I'm worried about asking him in case he thinks I'm a hypochondriac or something as I'm already in and out seeing him because I have Fibromyalgia.
11 August, 2010
I was diagnosed at the age of 8 when i was at school. Now that I am an adult I find that because that people can't see the disability it does not exist. For example when i asked to used a disabled toilet because the toilet was upstairs they said why because I wasn't disabled!
15 August, 2010
hi, my 10 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with DCD, i now feel guilty , as over the years, i have always moaned at er. i would like to join a local group, so that we can talk to people who have the same problem. i live in the south west of england and there arnt any groups.
Annette & Matt
19 August, 2010
Thank you so much for posting your video. Just today we took our 15yr old daughter to the Gp and will be refered to a specialist. She isn't in school at the moment because she is "different" she gets picked on. She is a bright articulate clever funny girl, its so sad that others can't see and just see the differences.
She never crawled as a baby, just bum shuffled round then walked.
She holds her pen like a flute not between her finger and thumb.
She doesn't hold a knife and fork correctly.
Couldn't ride a bike, tie shoe laces or sort out left and right.
She finds it easy to speak to younger children or adults but not her peer group.
Lack of concentration, and can't understand more than one instruction at a time.
Games and PE not her best subject, and just this morning couldn't button her shirt up for love nor money!
Each thing we made excuses for, until we found the dyspraxia website...and all the pieces fell into place.
14 September, 2010
Hi my grandson 7 was diagnosed with Dyspraxia and had difficult with balance and co-ordination I was recommended by a medical professional to get a balance bike to help and believe me his progression has been fantastic. So much so that I now import an market Balance Bikes through www.glidebikes.co Hope they can help others too
20 September, 2010
think your vid was really brave to do and gives people a good insight into people living with the condition. from an early age my son had speech problems and had one 2 one speech therapy. since starting school i noticed he had very poor balance, constantly falling oh his head,and couldnt dress himself, buttons, zips etc was a struggle and putting things on back to front. after qualifying as a teaching assistant i learned about dyspaxia and asked for him to be seen my a specialist which the school agreed was needed. he has since been diagnosed with the condition and attends speech, physio and occupational therapy, all of which are very helpful. his balance has improved, hes not good at ball skills but is excellent on a bike and has a petrol quad which hes great on. the problem were facing now at age 7 hes started the juniors and has problems if children are in his close space he feels almost clostrophobic and finds it indimidating. he cant distinguise kids being playfull with him or kids being nasty.he has very poor concentration so homework i find is best to just do little and often,short 5/10 mins then long break then bit more. on a plus children with dyspaxia can thrive in other areas. hes has an amzing photographic memory and can remember things in great detail, car number plates, long numbers, events. and by reading alot to him and watching factual programes, like space, the body etc he stores all the information well and remembers it all in great detail. finding fun ways of learning is a must all theyl get bored and swith off.
1 October, 2010
Just wanted to say thank you for doing this video, my son is 6 and has dyspraxia, not being around anyone else that has the condition its been difficult as a parent to get a better understanding of the condition, not just from medical articles but from someone that actually has dyspraxia. I wish you all the best for the future.
2 October, 2010
This is my latest blog entry; a copy of an article I've just had published in a professional magazine (The Lime Magazine) regarding a condition known as dyspraxia. This is a very personal piece (for reasons that you'll see in the article) and I wanted to share through my blog as well. As always with my blog, I welcome comments!
9 October, 2010
Thanks for sharing your experiance on Dyspraxia, with the worls..Its reasuring.
I am a 52yr old mother and my 22yr old son was dyagnosed with Dyspraxia at school and was given excellent support, we were told at the time it is likely too run in families *and I dismissed this idea, preferring to ignore the same signs in myself...
I scrapped my way through university and during my days at school in the 60's /70's this condition was unknown. But I have always known my co-ordination was out of sync and could sit in one hour lessons step outside the door and be able too recall a damn thing relayed to me unless I wrote it down in class..
I now work in the highest level of the nursing field and it is, only because the majority of my work base is now on seeing patients and writing full medical reports/ computer skills that, has presented as a major problem. I have been single out /identified, by one of my colleaguesas an underlying Dyspraxic, (not being told) anything about my son. that has set alarm bells ringing.
OUTCOME: My company paid for a 2 hour session today, with an OT-Occupational Therapist, who confirmed me / my cognitive skills as 75% Dyspraxic + 25% Dyslexic, liklihood of cause -I was born 7 weeks premature,and spent 3 months in an incubater, in the 1950's, not a lot was known about develpment of the brain/ associated learning and cognitive impairment.
My buisness have now been advised too purchase /provide appropriate software, for my computer too help me on a daily basis.
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