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The Dyspraxia Landscape

As a community we’re really diverse and no two of us are exactly the same. We’re affected differently and to varying degrees by a condition that is the very devil to define and describe (especially so given our condition). We’ve all trodden different paths to get to where we are. Having lived with dyspraxia and […]

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STARTING MY CAREER AS A DYSPRAXIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: MY FIRST STEPS & STUMBLES

To celebrate Dyspraxia Awareness Week I thought it was would be good idea to write about what it is like to be me, a Dyspraxic adult  transitioning from training in a new profession into actual practice out there in the workplace, all with the  added hurdles of  a neurological difference. I come across lots of  […]

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Dyspraxia Diagnosis; would you? Should you?

I’ve always felt ‘different’, often a bit of an outsider looking in, and never really understood why. At school, I found that when left doing something such as reading or research, basically anything working alone, I’d be happy, but when faced with the ritual humiliation of P.E. classes or group activities I felt like I […]

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Dyspraxia & Anxiety – A year long perspective

I’m starting this post on the first anniversary of receiving the report of my assessment for Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), the clinical term for dyspraxia. My report was very conclusive:
 ‘He demonstrated great difficulties with coordinating gross motor skills, fine motor skills, balance, visual-motor skills and sensory processing. These significantly impact on his ability to participate […]

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DYSPRAXIA AND MY KARATE JOURNEY

At a young age I was diagnosed with dyspraxia, I think around the age of six or seven. Dyspraxia is a condition affecting physical co-ordination. It affects many areas of life and in particular fine and gross motor coordination, it though doesn’t affect ones intelligence. It can have a big affect on participation and functioning […]

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Dyspraxia & Elections

They say running for public office is one of the hardest things you can do. You need to be brave enough to put your name on the ballot, thick-skinned to deal with the abuse that you may get and have the wisdom of King Solomon to deal with the variety of issues that you will […]

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The Burnout – Dyspraxia and Mental Health

I’ve previously talked about my academic development and the effects that dyspraxia had on my journey. I am now 7 months on from my graduation and 9 months on from submitting my thesis so this will be a personal account on how my post-education experience has been.   Recently I’ve found myself to be mentally […]

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Dyspraxia and Self-Esteem

You do something well, and somebody congratulates you. “It was just luck, a fluke,” you say.   You try something else but it doesn’t work out. “Typical. I screwed up again. I’m always messing things up!” you tell yourself.   Your friend tries something, and it doesn’t work out for them. Do you say the […]

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SO YOU THINK DYSPRAXIA IS JUST CLUMSINESS?

This piece was written by our lovely Irish contributor Sophie and first published on her fantastic facebook page ‘Personal Training with Dyspraxia’ which chronicles are adventures in the gym.   GROSS MOTOR CO-ORDINATION SKILLS (LARGE MOVEMENTS): Poor balance. Difficulty in riding a bicycle, going up and down hills Poor posture and fatigue. Difficulty in standing […]

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DYSPRAXIA & MY CAT

This article was supposed to be about something completely different. I had some other ideas,but nothing was making it onto the page!I was struggling with a complete lack of motivation. In the end, I decided to instead tell you about what was bothering me so much: The death of my cat. Ramirez had been with […]

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