First of I would like to thank you for the amazing reaction to the blogs returning and would love if you could all keep liking and sharing the blogs with friends and family members so that we can continue to break down the barriers and make life easier for people with Autism. In today’s blog I am going to talk about another challenge I have that is associated with Autism.
I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia when I was 8 years old, this was before I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Dyspraxia is frequently associated with Asperger’s and Autism, it is a developmental disorder of the brain causing difficulty in activities requiring coordination and movement. This can cause difficulties with things that most people would take for granted, such as simple things like tying shoe laces and doing up buttons on a shirt. Dyspraxia can also cause problems with organisational skills and problems associated with concentration.
How Dyspraxia Has Challenged me in my Life:
- I could never do up my school tie and still couldn’t if I had to wear one today
- I struggled with shoe laces
- I was not good at arts and crafts, I found it difficult to use scissors and still do
- I have a poor grasp so can have difficulty using locks, keys, tools etc
- I was typically last to be picked for a team in PE or Gaelic, I would find the simple task of throwing a ball up for someone to catch difficult and usually team mates would get angry at me because I couldn’t do it
- I would mistime my tackles because of my coordination and would frequently have people getting angry at me when all I was doing was trying my best to participate
- Difficulties writing, I find writing anything more than my name very hard and my handwriting technique starts to get very messy and hard to understand the more I write.
- I got slagged and bullied in school for not being able to do so called simple day to day things that everyone else can do
- My organisational skills were a bit all over the place, I struggled with all my school books and copies
Ways in which you can Help someone with Dyspraxia:
- Be patient with the person
- Let students use a laptop or typing device one of the greatest skills I have ever learned was the ability to touch type when I was in primary school.
- I learnt to type on an Alpha Smart word processor
- Attend an Occupational therapist
- Give extra time for form filling etc. or allow someone else to fill in the forms
- Make sure they understand what you are saying
- Don’t allow them to be left off teams or allow them to always be picked last
- If possible allow the person with Dyspraxia to pick the team, it’s about building confidence not destroying it
- Suggest a fidget item to help with concentration
- Understanding nobody is perfect
- Encourage them not rush the task or what they are doing
- Explain to others what Dyspraxia is so they can understand and help
Thank you very much for reading my blog these are just some of the many problems faced by people living with Dyspraxia, if you would like any more details on this or any topic covered please do not be afraid to contact me on the contact form or if you have any suggestions on a topic that you would like to see covered in a Blog also use the contact form.