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Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Remus » Sat May 30, 2009 12:04 pm

I went to the doctors yesterday and got the ball rolling on my dyspraxia assessment. The doctor said it is a lot more difficult to get diagnosed being older as if I was young it would be easier. He is going to refer me to a specialist for a maximum of three months waiting and then how long it takes when I see the specialist, who knows?

Anyway, I just really haven't got what happens in the assessment but I know some of you are diagnosed so I was wondering if you could fill me in about what happens? I have a image of them launching tennis balls at me and expecting me to catch them, lol. :lol:

I am just worried now that I am older, they won't pick up on it. When I was little, give me a glass and I would so break it but now I can carry things and do a lot of things I couldn't due to the many years of practice and playing video games.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby k9ruby » Sat May 30, 2009 5:20 pm

Depends on how you are assessed.

Soemtimes a combination of specialists is needed to make a final diagnosis. My parents had suspicions ever since I was around 18months old, but I wasn't diagnosed FIRMLY until 6 months ago. At 17. (18 now).

If he refers you to an neurologist, he will most likely look at your medical history, ask you questions, and get you to do things like standing on one leg, walking in a straight line, copying movements etc. From experience, adult neurologists seem to be more blunt whereas pedeatric ones will try to step around the question in hope that you will "grow out of it".

If he refers you to an Ed Pysch, most likely your short term memory, block design etc will be tested. Apparently there is a pattern with typically dyspraxic people - they will usually look for a certain things in things such as block design, making sense of events, digit span etc. Can't remember exact technical terms - I'm sure Vicky or Charlotte should be able to help here (they actually do physchology!).

Occassionally there is a exception to this rule. For example, when I was 6, I scored 85th centile on the block design (supposedly tests spacial awareness) - but still find it incredibly hard to walk into a room without bumping in to anything, whacking people, stepping on peoples toes and making things fall over. :mrgreen:
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby parnassus » Sat May 30, 2009 5:29 pm

The type of assessment you will be given depends on what sort of specialist you are seeing. I've been assessed by a neurologist, an occupational therapist, an opthalmologist, and a clinical psychologist. The psychologist was the first person to assess me. The evaluation lasted around three hours, with her taking a detailed history of my childhood development and the problems I experienced then. Then she carried out a variety of cognitive tests, involving both verbal and non-verbal skills (spelling, reading, language comprehension, arithmetic, short-term memory, attention span, spatial perception, etc). She also observed the way I walked and how I came down the stairs.

As she judged my difficulties to be abnormally severe, she referred me to a neurologist to establish whether the problem really was dyspraxia or whether I had another neurological disability. The neurologist's assessment involved an MRI scan, a blood test (to rule out the possibility of a chromosomal abnormality), and some basic physical tests - walking, running, balancing, etc. She also checked my reflexes, again to rule out conditions other than dyspraxia.

I saw the occupational therapist after the neurologist had confirmed the diagnosis. Her evaluation involved a lot of physical tests - running, balancing on a wobble board, catching balls of varying sizes, performing a sequence of exercises, and carrying out some fine-motor tasks. The tests start out at a very easy level, and gradually increase in difficulty.

If you have been referred by your GP, you are most likely to see either a neurologist or an OT. I hope this gives you some idea of what to expect.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby mattlovesjess » Sat May 30, 2009 6:02 pm

I cant really remember my assesment cuz i was so young at the time, but about 2 years ago i had to be reasessed <--- if thats a real word lol and the dude who asessed me (who was dyspraxic himself and from wales so if your guy is dyspraxic and from wales it might be the same one lol) anyway, back to the point lol the guy made me read short storys and explain what it was about, he made me draw shapes, gave me spelling tests and loads of other things i cant all of it but it took about 3 hours it was actully quite fun, lol anyways...hope i helped :-)
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby asdf » Sat May 30, 2009 7:00 pm

I had my assesment with an educational pyschologist a few months ago, I'm 17 so i know what you mean about worrying they won't pick up on your coordination problems because mine have improved quite alot in the last few years so im not so obviously dyspraxic, my school first thought I was dyspraxic when i was about 12 and i thought if i had had the assesment then I would definitly of had dyspraxia diagnosed but wasnt sure if it would be noticed when i was 17 because improved coordination

In my assesment i didnt have to do anything involving coordination. I had to do WAIS IQ thing, apiece of free writing and a couple of other thing that were to see if i was dyslexic as well. but as other people have said what you have to do will depend on who asseses you.

I got dyspraxia diagnosed based on my hand wrting, WAIS scores (poor at block deign (spatial), short term memory and processing speed) amd talking about dyspraxic type problems I have. Whoever assesses you they will probably want to talk to you about dyspraxic problems you have now and when you were younger and it should be clear from that that your dypraxic as well as what ever else you have to do
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby kerrianne92 » Sun May 31, 2009 8:31 pm

At my diagnosis a lady made me try to walk in a straght line along a strip of coloured tape on the floor, she made me draw shapes, write a short story, she made me pour some water from a jug to some cups (it ended up all over the floor lol) and she tryed to play catch with a sponge ball and she asked me to untie her shoe lace and then tie it back up for her.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Brian » Sun May 31, 2009 11:13 pm

Don't OT's carry out the assesments
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Help is always available and can be found here: http://www.dyspraxicteens.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=8414
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:16 am

Brian, it can e an OT, an educational psychologist, a cinical pschologist or a neurologist. (Also a peadiatrician can diagnose dyspraxia in children.)
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Remus » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:25 pm

Hi everyone, sorry to be re-activing an old board but just to let you know I just got a phone call from the hospital and finally my referral has come back, yay! I've got to go to the hospital on Wednesday 24th March at 11:00 in the morning to the neurology department.

My parents refuse to come with me so I'm going by myself. Nothing is going to stop me after waiting this long. I'm real nervous though.

I wish I could stay and chat more but I'm drowning in Kennel and Cattery work so I better get back to it.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Steph » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:27 pm

I hope you get some definitive answers on the 24th, Remus.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Remus » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:33 pm

Thanks Steph, I hope I can get some answers finally.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Remus » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:14 am

Hi everyone. I went to the hospital today and wow, it was bad. I got there and me and my mom (she finally decided to come with me) was seated in the waiting area. I was expecting a proper neurology department but instead it was just some basic hospital rooms we waiting by. After waiting a little, I was called up by the neurology consulant, Dr. Iantorno some italian doctor who I had really trouble understanding, I kept saying "Huh?" to like everything!

He sat me down and asked the basic information like address, DOB, what tablets you taking, any other conditions etc and then he finally asked about dyspraxia and I said about when I was little, I was really clumsy, breaking things, spilling drinks, bumping into things as well as talking about the problems I have now with tying things, forks and knives, the fine motor things as well as the mental side of things like my poor memory.

Anyway, he got me to get up and pace up and down and then lie down and hit my legs and arms with a small hammer tool to check reflexes which wasn't that nice and then he got me to touch his finger and then my nose several times. It was really annoying because it was stuff I could do but if he has given me a trainer to tie up or something, he would see me struggle.

He basically said there was no wrong with me (I have a big file cabinet full of special needs documents over the years which say differently) and that he wants to check my head, body and spine out so he is sending me to have a MRI scan which I don't get what that going to uncover. I also had to have a blood test which I also don't get. I'm fine with injections but it throbbed like hell later on.

As you can probably tell, today has just annoyed me greatly. It's feels like I'm being called a liar and I just imagine it all up and then I starting questioning myself which is just plain stupid. I remember when I was little, I was always getting shouted at for spilling something or break something. I remember trip up quite a lot back in primary school and I certainly remember being laughed at in physical education when I missed catching the ball as well as always being picked last because I was the worst at sports. It's just I've improved a lot over the years and I don't know why, I don't have the answers.

When my dad picked us up, whilst driving home, my parents were having a conversation about me when I was little and how clumsy I was. My mom even said one of the speech therapist had noted down that I was slightly dyspraxic on one of the forms. Right now I just feeling really defeated. I just feel like it's too late for me to be diagnosed, I'm 18, pass the sell by date. If something was done earlier then maybe but now, no.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:18 am

The MRI is probably to test for acquired dyspraxia caused by a brain injury.

It sounds like he didn't do all the tests that are supposed to happen. I think you should see an Ed Psych.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby Remus » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:49 pm

Thanks Esther. I'm worried about the scan and what it will pick up. I dread to think what it will pick up but then I'm worried it won't pick up anything and just make me look odd.

It was annoying because I can walk in a straight line, do the touch nose and hand thingy, all of that but give me a trainer to tie up or some knives and forks to use or a tray of water to carry and then you would see what a clumsy guy I am.
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Re: Assessment for Dyspraxia

Postby babooshka2002 » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:26 am

Maybe a clinical psychologist is who you should see? I don't know. :(
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