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Blog: My Experience With Dyspraxia/DCD

Every day begins the same way, my struggle starts the moment that I get our of bed. When I am getting dressed, I find it difficult to button up my polo shirt. I sometimes put my shirt on back to front, I also find tying my laces challenging because my fingers can get knotted. Now I know you think that getting dressed is easy but for me it is a challenge.When I get down to the kitchen, I like to eat cereal with milk. The milk carton lid is very difficult to open and I often spill it on the counter. I have to use a wet dish cloth to clean it up before I sit down to have my breakfast. I have to be very careful after eating not to drop my bowl as I put it in the dishwasher. In order to save time my mum packs my school bag with all my books and my lunch for the day ahead. With all the things that I have to think about I need all the help that I can get. Now there is a saying that 'you must walk a mile in someone’s shoes to understand their life', I hope you are beginning to appreciate my life as you walk in my shoes.

My school day begins at 8.50am when my teacher Miss Hackett collects the class from the yard. I enjoy maths, football, basketball, and writing stories. When I am playing football, I imagine that I am Steven Gerrard sprinting around the pitch. So for this brief time, I forget that I have dyspraxia/DCD. I am a superstar playing to a jam packed Anfield, the roar of the crowd is deafening. My gross motor skills are quite good and so I enjoy football, it is the fine motor skills that I find tricky. Most children jump for joy when their teacher does an art lesson, not me unfortunately, I feel nervous and a little bit edgy. My grip for the paintbrush is awkward as painting requires a delicate and fine touch. I find my fingers won’t respond to what my brain desires. So my painting is just not the same as everyone elses. Craftwork such as mask making, pottery, fabric, and fibre are all difficult as they require a fine motor touch. Handwriting is difficult because my hand muscles become tired quickly, I therefore use a tripod grip pencil which makes writing a little easier. Fortunately for me, I have a laptop computer and I have completed the BBC dancemat typing course with Mr. Malone. This has made the task of writing far easier for me.

The good news is that I have made great progress in dealing with my dyspraxia. Children do not grow out of dyspraxia/DCD, they just learn to better cope and adapt to their condition. I have attended an Occupational Therapist who has provided me with lots of information and useful advice. I have also attended speech therapy, I could not pronounce my letters s or but now I can pronounce them thanks to speech therapy. Many people don’t know that they have dyspraxia/DCD, some people only find out that they have dyspraxia/DCD when they are 14 years or older. I was judged for having dyspraxia/DCD. I have very low self-esteem but it is improving. If you have dyspraxia/DCD, you have trouble keeping friends. Even though I have dyspraxia/DCD, I still try new things and yes, I find some things hard but I still try my best. I don’t need your pity, just your understanding. Some people say that I understand other people’s problems because I have my own. Yes, having dyspraxia/DCD is hard but my life is just as happy as yours. Now you know the difficulty that I face with dyspraxia/DCD. Also don’t be afraid to tell your child that they have dyspraxia/DCD, it can make them really sad and they will think there is something wrong with them if you don't. Knowing about dyspraxia/DCD helps a child to deal with it.

by

Ajay Hoey

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