Well they do say 3 is the magic number. And now I’m at part 3 of this series where I answer questions from you. Here are a few more questions which give you more insight into what life is like for me being dyspraxic.
Do I plan ahead?
In terms of the planning element of dyspraxia, I am not exactly a person who goes about daily life planning things. I guess I just get things done as each task or situation presents itself.
I don’t really spend my time of relaxation planning ahead as it often just overloads my mind with a million different questions. Which many answers are not known to me right now.
What I would say, is that if I was told I had something to plan for, I’d definitely make every last bit of effort to prepare for the situation with as much knowledge and understanding as possible.
Am I good with time management?
Another question where for me it’s situational. At the moment, my routine is very easy to manage and I can’t tell you how glad I am about that. As a dyspraxic person, I’d fall apart if my routine fell apart. Much like a domino effect. My routine falls… I fall!
Say for example if a person was to say to me right now that I had to get to London alone tomorrow, I wouldn’t really know where to begin.
As I said, I’m glad I’ve not been in a situation like this and perhaps some of you may believe that I won’t be prepared for it if I had to ever do such a thing, but as you’ll discover throughout this series, I am very much taking things at a steady pace rather than throwing myself into some situations which would certainly be anxiety inducing.
Do I have difficulties with coordination?
Yes and no. Situational again for sure. What I will say is that in terms of sport I don’t really have a problem with things such as throwing and catching a ball.
But I do sometimes struggle with coordinating things such as chopping vegetables if preparing a meal. And one thing that I certainly can’t forget is… The dreaded tin opener. Oh yes. Possibly one of the worst created kitchen appliances ever. Safe to say something like a tin opener would never be on my birthday or Christmas list (and don’t anybody get any ideas after reading this).
At this point I feel it important to point out that coordination applies to not just physical coordination, but mental coordination too. So sometimes, I could get my words muddled up or perhaps repeat myself. Another challenge of coordinating speech is controlling your tone, pitch and volume of my voice. So I could be walking down the street thinking that simply the wind would make me feel the need to speak louder. Or sometimes I will speak too softly and I won’t be heard. So a kind of 50-50 situation which is not always the easiest to be in without feeling overly awkward.
Is dyspraxia more common in men than women?
This is probably among the professionals in the neuroscience industry, one of the hotly discussed topics.
Well, I can tell you that according to the latest study (Monday October 12th 2015) “of the 467 adults with dyspraxia who revealed their gender, 69% (320) were female and 31% (147) male. The findings of this survey were contrasting from the statistics for children however. “73% sons and 28% daughters.”
There is still a level of recognition that hasn’t been reached in terms of finding dyspraxia in girls at a younger age, but as time goes by, dyspraxia will be a lot more recognised and people whatever gender or age will be able to get a diagnosis much easier (at least I’d hope). With the fantastic work the Dyspraxia Foundation does, this is definitely likely.
Do I find it easy to sleep?
In regards to having a neurological condition, I find it quite difficult to sleep without feeling completely restless most nights.
This is despite numerous efforts to get to sleep in as relaxed state as possible. The truth is, I don’t feel my mind really shuts off from everything easily.
I, like perhaps many dyspraxic people, overthink. I overthink because I am very self critical and I always strive to do my very best and present myself in the best possible way to the people around me.
To be honest I do wish it was easier to switch off from the thoughts going round my head at every hour of the day or night. But I know that this is not likely to change. I always try to find ways at managing my thoughts and feelings and my go to coping strategy in these situations (that I may have mentioned before) is writing in my journal.
As always, I do hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about my life as a dyspraxic person and will be keen to learn more as time goes on.
I always invite anyone to provide any questions for me. If you do have any… Ask away!!! Thank you.