Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2019

It’s that time of year again. Let it be noted… A very important time of the year.

Finally, I feel like Dyspraxia is getting the attention it so desperately needs. Last week on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, now eliminated celebrity, Anneka Rice, mentioned Dyspraxia by saying “learning to dance is incredibly difficult and the process of having to learn a different routine in 4 days makes me have a lot of empathy for people with Dyspraxia and these types of challenges”.

Brilliant! This is exactly what we need to here as a community. We need people to be more clued up about Dyspraxia itself, let alone all the different traits that attach to it.

None of us have the same challenges, as each and every Dyspraxic person’s challenges present in different environments.

My main challenge for example, is communication. I find it difficult to have a conversation with people because I feel like I dominate discussion. Rather than it being a 2 way street, I end up saying anything and everything that’s on my mind, because otherwise I’ll just keep some of these unwanted bug bears on my mind so to speak.

Something that’s recently helped me in this regard is a method called Clean Feedback, which I think will prove incredibly valuable to me in a variety of situations and will at least help me to keep a positive mindset with regards to interacting with other people. But that comes with other people also admitting to misunderstanding me… Which is a whole different question. I like to think I’m an honest person who’ll happily admit to getting the wrong end of the stick, or at least if someone else perceived me to. Because nobody should think they’ve got the wrong end of the stick unless it’s absolutely obvious, despite what some things in today’s day and age would want you to believe.

Organisation is also an area of weakness for me, as I get drowned in paperwork and end up not having a clear system for it. The underlying thing for me is that nobody’s life should have to be made stressful because of having to organise millions of pieces of paper that you don’t know the significance of. Make life simple! Or at least a bit simpler… Because hey with no challenges life would be boring.

In terms of other positive things that shine light on Dyspraxia, I feel many of the people within the community are also achieving great things and also letting their strengths lead them.

This is also quite significant for me, as I feel like I’m being guided to see my journey as something that does have a positive story to tell at the end and something I can also help others along with as well.

Maybe something that’s not thought of enough, is how to incorporate people with Dyspraxia into different environments. Because they might be overlooked due to various challenges, they don’t get seen for the vast amounts of potential they will have to bring good things to the table in lots of situations.

As a final note of my Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2019 blog post, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone in the Dyspraxia community for everything they have achieved up to this point in this calendar year. I’m sure many of the Dyspraxic community have interesting journeys to speak of, and I’ve very much enjoyed reading what other people have to say too.

On a final thought, for the neuro-typical community… Slowly but surely… You will all learn about the potential of a Dyspraxic person and understand how to incorporate us in society to the best possible ability.

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