Since Dyspraxia Awareness Week has been and gone for this year, I had an idea to think more about how the condition affects me. I also wanted to involve others in this as I wanted people to ask me questions which I could then answer. Hopefully, this will give people an insight as to how I live with the condition. Here is just the start of (what I very much hope to be) quite a long series of questions. Let’s begin!!!
What’s the task I find most difficult?
I’d definitely say organising my work. I’m so glad I don’t have an office job or anything like that for this reason. When I was at school or college I’d have loads of pieces of paper just lying around which became overwhelming. Even with the use of plastic folders or anything like this, I often get too overwhelmed to think of strategies to help myself with this in the first place.
Do I have coping mechanisms?
In terms of when anxiety that comes with the condition (of lack of understanding of the condition) strikes, yes I do. I have particular activities I enjoy such as doing crosswords/ criss cross puzzles and playing video games which help me to wind down from things which continuously plague my mind.
How well do I think non-dyspraxic people my own age understand the condition?
This is a very interesting question. I’m not afraid to put this out there that many people my own age just wouldn’t really show the interest. I think despite me trying to write things about dyspraxia and raise awareness of it, people my own age would never ask me anything about it. I don’t really know why this is or when in fact there’d come a point where the non-dyspraxic people the same age as me start showing an interest in anything other than the norm.
How would I define the condition?
This is another great question. If I had to pick one word to define it I’d probably choose complex (though I may have discussed this kind of thing before). While being misunderstood, perhaps people who don’t have the condition understand the true complexity of it. I also will say I don’t think at times even I understand how the condition affects me myself. What I will say is there are many different pieces of the dyspraxic brain in a way, and the ways it can affect someone come and go like a change in weather conditions. What I will say, is that the condition is complex. That is for sure!!!
What advice would I give to someone who was newly diagnosed with dyspraxia?
One of the best bits of advice I could give to someone who was newly diagnosed would be to join support groups. I am part of the Dyspraxia Foundation Youth Group on Facebook which is really great to be a part of and I would say I’m quite a vocal member of. I’m also part of a couple of other Dyspraxia support groups that I just kind of float around on and see what goes on. I think joining support groups is great because they you really do realise that your not alone with how you feel. Also on the recommended list of things to do would be to become a member of the Dyspraxia Foundation and get involved with the various projects they do.
I’d encourage many more questions so if you would like to ask questions about the condition, feel free to ask away!!!