Things That Dyspraxics Are Above Average At

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Postby Charlotte » Sat May 22, 2004 7:32 pm

Hi, I am used to hearing negative things about dyspraxia but not to hearing about it's good points (and there are some good points) so I thought I'd type some here.

From growing up with dyspraxia myself, reading about it and watching and hearing from others with it I have come to the conclusion that there may be certain areas that the majority of dyspraxics tend to be above average in:

Creative and imaginative writing
using their imagination
Emphasising with others
Understanding their inner child
Using their long-term memory (although some may have problems with short term memory)
Showing determination and resilience
Working hard

What do other people think? Agree or disagree? Can anyone add anything?

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Postby Cheryl » Sat May 22, 2004 10:03 pm


I agree with you Charlotte :D

I think that people with dyspraxia are very special people who, more often than not, have talents that "ordinary" people dont have!! I think that far from being a burden it is a wonderful gift!

One thing that strikes me is that any dyspraxic people I have met or come into contact with are very individual people with a great insight into life!

My son Jonny is very musical with a great imagination! He is also very good at art and loves drama.
He cant remember what I asked him to do 2 minutes ago but can remember things from 5 years ago!!! ;) :D

He is very different in how he goes about things - because of this lack of conformity he has problems in how people perceive him!

I admire all those with this "hidden handicap" - you have qualities that will help you go far in life!

In my books you're all wonderful!!! :D


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Postby WARTORIOUS » Tue May 25, 2004 9:59 pm

Im really glad you posted this. I agree with all of the above. People with Dyspraxia I think are more likely to develop there talents, and generally find it easer to use them, For example Robbie Williams and Einstein. maybe the ability to see beyond the ordinary, like seeing patterns in stuff. maybe (I know you touched on this) Creative solutions to problems, and maybe a natural understanding of efficiency?

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Postby benjnottingham » Fri May 28, 2004 7:37 pm

I also agree,
as I happen to be very musicial! I play: guitar,bass guitar & keyboard.
:lol: :D :)
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Postby Charlotte » Sat May 29, 2004 11:31 am

I myself am not musical at all, but I think it is something a lot of dyspraxics have a talent with and Cheryl and Ben's posts back that up.

Perhaps I should add photograhy to my list. The photographer David Bailey and his daughter and oldest son suffer from dyspraxia. (He has a second son who doesn't appear to have dyspraxia). He was told he was useless at school and would amount to nothing but luckily he had enough determination and resilience to prove his teachers wrong.

Postby badg » Tue Jun 01, 2004 8:30 am

I can do embroidery (ever since i was 13 , i`m 21 now )

Wish i could write music . I hear music in my head but i can`t translate it to paper .

Postby Guest_WARTORIOUS » Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:07 am

Im not so good with music ether, but im great at science/philosify and arguing. I like art allot, especially computer-art. I just find it easy to transfer conscious and subconscious ideas to a comp. I think I mainly make art when im feeling sad, or depressed, Tell me what you think of this<a href='' target='_blank'>Website I made for art </a>

Postby Spoon girl » Mon Jun 07, 2004 7:27 pm

I find drawing, painting or writing when im stressed, happy, restless or upset really helpful too. It sort of has a calming affect. I like your site although the music scared the life out of me. I should remember to turn my speakers down after I've been listenning to loud music!
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Postby WARTORIOUS » Wed Jun 09, 2004 7:01 am

The music on the website is a bit blasty, so i will replace it with something a bit less promanant.
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Postby maz1 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 7:09 pm

Hello all, i agree, my son is amazing with maths and reading. i was once told that children/people with handicaps of anysort really focus and develope thier talents whereas alot of "normal" people take them for granted and never bother to develope them. Determination is another thing i have noticed in dyspraxic people, many are very driven to reach thier goals. Also the ability to show compassion and a very caring side. All in all i think with the right positive thinking dyspraxic people can achieve and overcome just about anything.
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Postby WARTORIOUS » Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:12 pm

wow Maz, I really agree with you. I have notated that people with handicaps do tend to excel at unusual things. I feel that everybody has a natural balance of general skill, and if your bad at one thing you'll be better at another.
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Postby Misanthropist » Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:41 am

From what I've read dyspraxia is a neorological disorder, not a nognitive one, and on average those who suffer from it have above average intelligence, so I suspect it'd be in acedemics, right? I'm aware that teachers will sometimes underestimate their abilities, but we can't blame their ignorance on the "dysraxics."

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Postby Charlotte » Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:52 pm

Wow, that's a very wide range of things dyspraxics are good at!

I have to say I've always hated maths and struggled profusely with it. Even now I find it hard to do maths my sister does (She's in year eight and average ability at maths for her age, I'd be in year twelve if I'd stayed on at school) and find some year five and six maths work hard too lol! Certain things, like shapes and angles I just won't get and will never get no matter how hard I try so Maz I'm very impressed about your son, being good at maths is a gift I don't share!

When it comes to compassion and caring I'd say the majority of dyspraxics are way above average at that. I don't know if that's because of dyspraxia itself or if it's because we know what it's like to have our feelings hurt, to feel uncared for, to be teased so we try to avoid doing that ourselves. I am also very sensitive and take things people say too literally. Sometimes I don't know if people are being sarcastic or not and get offended easily so I hardly ever tease anyone else.


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