10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DYSPRAXIA
You might be tempted to suggest that we can’t dance or we dance just like an octopus! The actual truth is we have our own dance and we don’t always conform to the current dance trend(s).
A QUESTION OF SPORT
Being asked about P.E. or any other sport related topic may result in a laugh as an answer. Let’s, um, never speak of it again. To be honest, some of us actually enjoy sport but rarely get a chance to excel because of our downfalls and we can get easily disheartened about it – other people’s attitudes don’t help matters either. Fun Fact: at school I played for the school hockey team…and enjoyed it!
SHOE LACES ARE THE ABSOLUTE WORST
The problem is they just don’t seem to stay tied up and there’s the other problem that we will get left behind while we tie them for the 100th time…so please wait for us to catch up!
Side Note: Velcro shoes are the holy grail of all shoes – if only they were more fashionable and accessible. We’re being ripped off here…
EVERY DAY IS A LOTTERY
How many trips, whacks, bangs, wallops, and clips are going to happen today?
What records will be broken? What things will be broken? Who knows?
A COLLECTION OF CUTS, BRUISES AND GRAZES
We collect them almost like people collect stamps. You can guess there’s a funny story for each one too. Except for a few where we don’t have a story as we don’t have a clue how on Earth we got them – for the most part we are so used to mishaps that we don’t always register when an accident happens. It isn’t uncommon for us to have a cut or scrape and only realise it when someone points it out.
DYSPRAXIA IS NOT DYSLEXIA
Dyspraxia and Dyslexia are separate entities. It is true that there are a few crossovers and some of us do have dyslexia as well, but there are still different. We find it annoying when misinformed people cause arguments over this.
If you are a family member or friend then we have hit you, walked into you or stood on your shoe/foot at some point, by accident of course. Can you consider yourself somebody close to us unless it has happened at least once? It’s a rite of passage of sorts!
For some of us giving and receiving directions can be a big no go – even with a map. This is due to a short-term memory issue and a chance of mixing up left and right. I hope the last people I gave directions to found their way alright…
SHORT TERM MEMORY
Speaking of memory, it isn’t always the best so please don’t give us too much information at once; there is a high probability that it’ll get muddled up or some parts forgotten. Be patient while we process or write down what we need to do. Also, don’t be surprised if we mislay our list. On the flip side, it isn’t unusual for our long term memory to be pretty amazing.
We are by no means perfect – well who is really? – however, we’ve embraced that we do have imperfect moments on a regular basis. We trip and stumble through this world (both figuratively and literally) but we do try to not let it dampen our spirits and be as fantastic as we can possible be. Also because of our struggles we find creative ways of dealing with them or a way around the problem.