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MY ‘DYSPRAXIC-NESS’

A Brief intro to Dyspaxia The neurons (cells that transport signals around the brain and to the body) of dyspraxic people work in a consistently different way to people who are not dyspraxic. There are many things that may cause this difference; not getting enough oxygen at birth, brain injury, infection, but a lot of […]

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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 & 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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My Dyspraxia Development

I’m going to talk about my experiences of dyspraxia during two very different periods of my life. The first period was when I was at boarding school in The 1970s. The school placed a lot of emphasis on the sport which was a nightmare for me. My physical coordination is appalling. My inability to move […]

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DYSPRAXIA & LIFE WRITERS HELP HMRC IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ONLINE TAX SYSTEM

The HMRC launched a brand new online platform submitting tax details on Thursday and Dyspraxia & Life were asked to play a part in its development with three writers being involved testing it out during the development and providing feedback, comments and insight into how their Dyspraxia can affect how they interact with and process […]

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LIVING WITH DYSPRAXIA IN THE WORKPLACE AND AT HOME

I was diagnosed with full body Dyspraxia at 18 months old, I could not walk or talk properly until I was 6 years of age. I consider myself to be lucky that I received the support required to facilitate my needs and that I was diagnosed at such an early age. However, this did not […]

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FINDING AN ACCESSIBLE JOB AND WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ME

I’ve always had trouble finding work and it’s not because I’m lazy or unskilled or not trying hard enough because believe me, I’ve had many jobs, most of which are in the dreaded hospitality and catering field. The reason why is because for almost all the jobs I have had, I’ve had to be quick […]

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DYSPRAXIA AND PLAY THERAPY

I have been in counselling for almost five years and have been diagnosed with Dyspraxia for 17 years. My counsellor believes in, and practises, play therapy for adults and children alike. (He also has experience of working with dyspraxia, which is why I chose him). The website psychologydictionary.com defines play therapy as “the utilization of play activities […]

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FIVE COPING MECHANISMS FOR DEALING WITH SHORT-TERM MEMORY ISSUES

Every dyspraxic knows what it’s like to lose your keys five times a day or forget someone’s name as soon as you’ve heard it. Poor short-term memory is a big challenge but there are plenty of ways to get around it. 5) The Invisible Security Guard The number of wallets, phones and sets of keys […]

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INTRODUCING THE DYSPRAXIC ADULTS MESSAGEBOARD

Tom writes about an internet forum for Dyspraxic adults which was founded in the days before social media and is still alive and kicking.

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