I'm dyspraxic, ask me anything!

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    As the title says.. Ask me anything!!

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    Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder which can result in difficulties with coordination, processing, perception, speech and language.

    Around 2-6% of the population have Dyspraxia.

    Dyspraxia in Adults

    Dyspraxia Foundation

    Feel free to ask me anything (within reason), or if you are Dyspraxic like me, feel free to post and chat!
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    Do you find making friends difficult?
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    (Original post by 2ndClass)
    Do you find making friends difficult?
    Sometimes, I get very nervous meeting new people and can become overchatty.


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    (Original post by Kelytha)

    Feel free to ask me anything (within reason), or if you are Dyspraxic like me, feel free to post and chat!

    What are your thoughts on Dyspraxia being linked directly to head injuries and brain damage? :holmes:


    I'm dyspraxic too by the way :awesome:
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    Do you ever wish you didn't have Dyspraxia?

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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    What are your thoughts on Dyspraxia being linked directly to head injuries and brain damage? :holmes:


    I'm dyspraxic too by the way :awesome:
    I think it's possible, mine can be linked to my birth. (It was a shambles) I wasn't breathing and was blue and floppy.. So that might be the reason there!

    Hurrah another dyspraxic! How do you find it affects you?

    (Original post by majmuh24)
    Do you ever wish you didn't have Dyspraxia?
    No, I don't. While it does upset me sometimes when I can't do things as easily as others I just have to accept it and work around it.


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    (Original post by Kelytha)
    As the title says.. Ask me anything!!

    :banana:

    Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder which can result in difficulties with coordination, processing, perception, speech and language.

    Around 2-6% of the population have Dyspraxia.

    Dyspraxia in Adults

    Dyspraxia Foundation

    Feel free to ask me anything (within reason), or if you are Dyspraxic like me, feel free to post and chat!
    When were you diagnosed?

    I was diagnosed at the age of 22. My older brother a few years earlier (also the age of 22). Though I place some doubt on whether I have dyspraxia or whether I'm on the Autistic Spectrum (very mild) with dyspraxic tendencies.
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    (Original post by Kelytha)
    I think it's possible, mine can be linked to my birth. (It was a shambles) I wasn't breathing and was blue and floppy.. So that might be the reason there!

    Hurrah another dyspraxic! How do you find it affects you?


    It's funny, I find it affects me alot in some of the typical ways - but my fine motor coordination tends to be exemplary. Speech aswell, I've got really good speech control. I kinda assume these two come from being raised on acting and enunciation lessons, and video games.

    Definitely have poor hand dominance though because I've been ambidextrous for years.

    I can't drive at all though, I crashed in both my lessons and resolved to become rich enough to hire a driver.


    What about yourself?


    Edit: And yeah I had a shambolic birth aswell :lolwut: Maybe it's from there? Bothers me that so little research into causation is done, though the only exhaustive report I've read on it attributed it brain damage which certainly rings true for me because I've cracked my head open thrice :lol:
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    (Original post by River85)
    When were you diagnosed?

    I was diagnosed at the age of 22. My older brother a few years earlier (also the age of 22). Though I place some doubt on whether I have dyspraxia or whether I'm on the Autistic Spectrum (very mild) with dyspraxic tendencies.
    It was mentioned to my Mother at the age of 3 I was behind in my gross/fine motor skills, but it wasn't until I was 5 and started school when a referral was made by the School Nurse for me to see a Pediatrician.

    They said it was mild and didn't want to label me. However, this meant that I did not get the help I needed, and struggled in the education system. It's not until I went to college that I got the help I needed, educationally.

    I just had a thought, I know that dyspraxia does overlap with the autistic spectrum, perhaps you should look into it if you feel inclined to.

    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    It's funny, I find it affects me alot in some of the typical ways - but my fine motor coordination tends to be exemplary. Speech aswell, I've got really good speech control. I kinda assume these two come from being raised on acting and enunciation lessons, and video games.

    Definitely have poor hand dominance though because I've been ambidextrous for years.

    I can't drive at all though, I crashed in both my lessons and resolved to become rich enough to hire a driver.


    What about yourself?
    My speech is quite high pitched, and I struggle with pronunciation of some words.. But it's not enough to cause me any problems. I'm clumsy as hell.. I fall over getting out of bed, I stub my toes pretty much every day, or bang my arm into a door or wall! I'm not ambidextrous though, I'm definitely right handed.

    I have auditory sensitivity though (my biggest annoyance).

    I've never even had a driving lesson, I am that poor with coordination! If I ever announce I'm taking a driving lesson... stay in your house!
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    My brother is also dyspraxic. He's 15 years old but has the mentality of an 8 year old, so I've been told. He can speak eloquently, but his reading and writing is quite poor and in all honesty, it's incredibly hard trying to help him improve. He goes to a specialist boarding school (this is his 4th year) and he loves it there, he's really happy, and he's getting better.

    However, I was thinking, do you know any ways on how to keep him motivated academically? He never seems to want to learn, he just loves playing video games etc.
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    (Original post by euphrosyne)
    My brother is also dyspraxic. He's 15 years old but has the mentality of an 8 year old, so I've been told. He can speak eloquently, but his reading and writing is quite poor and in all honesty, it's incredibly hard trying to help him improve. He goes to a specialist boarding school (this is his 4th year) and he loves it there, he's really happy, and he's getting better.

    However, I was thinking, do you know any ways on how to keep him motivated academically? He never seems to want to learn, he just loves playing video games etc.
    I can see a lot of similarities between me and your brother, I remember what I was like at that age.. I was glued to my computer/playstation.

    I was the opposite in some ways, I hated school. The fact he's enjoying school is great! However, I found being pressured (from an education perspective) actually put me off, and I rebelled against it.

    I was also fairly immature, and I made bad choices regarding my education. It wasn't until I left the education system and got a job that I realised how important education was and how I'd wasted my opportunities. I'm now 23 and doing an Access to Higher Education course and have 3 conditional offers from Uni's!

    From my perspective if he's anything like me, it's best not to pressure him too much.. I think he needs time to mature and come to a conclusion himself.. rather than have it thrown at him from multiple directions.

    I don't know how helpful this is for you... I think I rambled a bit too much!
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    I'm dyspraxic and i found driving very difficult. Even though somehow i passed my test (it was an extremely quiet morning), it took me 40+ hours and even then i felt like nothing that i was doing became second nature. It took a huge amount of concentration just to successfully drive a manual car on roads that i was already familiar with.
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    (Original post by tomclarky)
    I'm dyspraxic and i found driving very difficult. Even though somehow i passed my test (it was an extremely quiet morning), it took me 40+ hours and even then i felt like nothing that i was doing became second nature. It took a huge amount of concentration just to successfully drive a manual car on roads that i was already familiar with.
    :O Did you pass first time?!

    Do you think driving an automatic would be easier? If I was to start learning, I think an automatic would be easier, as there's no clutch or a lot of gear changing.

    Have you found it any easier to drive since passing?
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    (Original post by Kelytha)
    :O Did you pass first time?!

    Do you think driving an automatic would be easier? If I was to start learning, I think an automatic would be easier, as there's no clutch or a lot of gear changing.

    Have you found it any easier to drive since passing?
    Yeah first time. I drove a couple of times in my mums car but didn't feel at all comfortable. I haven't driven in the five years since i passed.

    An automatic would be easier but i still wouldn't feel at all safe or confident
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    (Original post by tomclarky)
    Yeah first time. I drove a couple of times in my mums car but didn't feel at all comfortable. I haven't driven in the five years since i passed.

    An automatic would be easier but i still wouldn't feel at all safe or confident
    That's a shame you didn't keep driving, but I know how difficult it can be for us to do something so complex and if you didn't feel comfortable about it then I understand ofc.

    Passing first time is a big achievement though! My mum is dyspraxic too, took her 3 goes!
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    Great thread! I'm dyspraxic too, so it will be interesting to read about your experiences.
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    (Original post by babygirl110)
    Great thread! I'm dyspraxic too, so it will be interesting to read about your experiences.
    I'm glad lots of us have been posting on this thread!

    Feel free to post your experiences too, I'm not fussy!
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    (Original post by Kelytha)
    As the title says.. Ask me anything!!

    :banana:

    Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder which can result in difficulties with coordination, processing, perception, speech and language.

    Around 2-6% of the population have Dyspraxia.

    Dyspraxia in Adults

    Dyspraxia Foundation

    Feel free to ask me anything (within reason), or if you are Dyspraxic like me, feel free to post and chat!
    I fit most of those symptoms and I don't have dyspraxia. They seem like stuff anyone could have...
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    (Original post by xForeverx)
    I fit most of those symptoms and I don't have dyspraxia. They seem like stuff anyone could have...
    This is why I made the thread, to promote awareness and to educate people.

    A lot of people seem to think we're just clumsy or that it's not a proper disorder. It IS a recognised developmental disorder, with symptoms that last into adulthood.
 
 
 
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