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The Positive Side Effects of growing up with Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) 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, formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke, and 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, 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. While DCD is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those people who have additional problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought.

I want to explain to people, what dyspraxia is but also show them how we see the world, putting a positive light on the Dyspraxia Foundation Explaination above. Dyspraxia Jumbles your brain, making you see the world in unique ways.

  • Feb 22 2014: What strengths do sufferers of Dyspraxia demonstrate? I've come to believe most handicaps often permit the 'refocus' of a person's energy in other ways that can be quite satisfying.
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    Feb 14 2014: You may be interested in Temple Grandin's talk, which does this for her disability and the many very readable works by Oliver Sachs, who shows the special strengths in addition to the special challenges of a variety of neurological disorders.