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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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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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10 AWKWARD MOMENTS I’M BLAMING ON MY DYSPRAXIA

1.  In the years before I had a clue what Dyspraxia was, my twin brother commented as I munched on a sandwich. He said I was eating it with the concentration and focus of someone trying to dismantle a bomb. To the untrained eye, there’s not much that goes into eating a BLT. To me, […]

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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 Stories: Losing My Suitcase

I’ve often left my house wondering if I had my keys, if I locked the door and if I brushed my teeth. I usually find my keys in my pocket, taste the mint in the mouth then pray I locked the door before getting on with my day. Two common things for me and my […]

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