Chat with others about dyspraxia and share your experiences.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:21 pm
Brush your teeth?
Ride a bike? and
Do shoelaces up?
With me i can't do shoes up or ride a bike but i was taught way too early how to brush my teeth which was about 4 and my teeth have suffered due to it
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:10 pm
Brush your teeth? dunno
Ride a bike? and 10
Do shoelaces up? 9
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:14 pm
Brush your teeth? About 7 or 8.
Ride a bike? 11
Do shoelaces up? 10
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:22 pm
Brush my teeth -7
Tie my shoelaces - 11
Ride abike - I learned when I was 9, but I can only ride in a stright line on perfectly flat ground. If I need to turn I fall off.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:31 pm
Brush your teeth? i don't know
Ride a bike? 8 or 9 years old but was about 8 when my big brother took my trainning wheels off.
Do shoelaces up? grade 2-3 i was being teached. 8 or 9 years old.
But in 5th grade teacher was tying my shoes to age 12 years old..
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:54 pm
teeth - don't have a clue
ride a bike - still can't
shoes - 8
Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:23 pm
Brush your teeth? No idea.
Ride a bike? Probably when I was nine or ten.
Do shoelaces up? Still no idea.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:24 pm
I duno about the first two but I learned to tie my own shoelaces properly aged 13
How pathetic is that? My little brother taught me because he was sick of doing them for me when my sad attempt came undone.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:27 pm
When I was seven the dentist humiliated me by asking my parents to clean my teeth for me as he thought I was not brushing them correctly. My parents got me an electric brush instead and the problem was partially solved.
Tie my shoelaces? Hmm. I was about eleven. I still can't tie them properly - they come undone after a short while. Someone will begin to say, "Vicky, your shoel - " and I will snap back, "Yes, I KNOW!"
Ride a bike? I was nine or ten. Like Esther, I'm fine on flat ground. Turning corners and stopping the bike are difficult for me. My parents are also terrified that I will get knocked down by a car if I go out cycling alone, so at the age of twenty I am not allowed to ride unsupervised.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:20 pm
Brushing teeth- not sure but probably quite early as my mum's a dentist and she probably persevered with that
riding a bike- 12
Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:25 pm
Can't remember about brushing teeth but I've had a similar experience to Vicky.
I have been able to ride a bike since my mum's insistance that I learn before the cycling profieciency test in school. I haven't ridden one in years since I lost control of the bike once and hit my head on concrete and got a nasty wound to my side. I had to go to hospital and spent the night throwing up while my mum was watching like a hawk to make sure I wasn't getting brain damage. Needless to say that put me off cycling quite a bit.
I have been able to do my shoelaces since around 10 but still can't do them quite right (they come undone all the time, and mostly I use my trainers as slip on shoes now as my mum has tied a knot in the laces which doesnt come undone.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:44 pm
I have a friend at the Catholic chaplaincy in Cambridge who offers to tie my shoelaces for me. Embarrassing, but kind nonetheless.
Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:14 pm
yeah my dentist realised that a couple of years ago, and my mums still brushing my teeth now but this is mostly due to hypersensitivity
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:26 pm
Brushing teeth- no idea, but I still can't do so properly (and I keep forgetting to
). Sammie on the other hand pretty much can do it herself with her electric toothbrush- just needs some help with the back bits.
Riding a bike- around 7 or 8, but since puberty I'm unable to balance when going around corners, and cannot break in time for roads and stuff. It's too dangerous for me to ride a bike.
Shoelaces- sometime before I was 11. Like others, I don't know how to tie them so they stay tied. The annoying thing is I have to have them tied really tight, so leaving trainers knotted isn't an option.
Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:25 am
I learned to ride a bike very young prob about 5yrsold as for brushing teeth I find it very difficult and still cant do them properly. I still cant tie shoelaces.
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