I am new to this forum, and I came across it when I was searching dyspraxia. Last week my mum mentioned to me that she used to think I was dyspraxic when I was little. I had no idea what it was but I read up on it and realised that I had a lot of the symptoms and mentioned it again to my mum, who said I couldn't be because I can play football and the violin (which I hate). But I am starting to have problems at school, and I don't know what to do. So here are my symptoms:
Fine motor skills- I have always had pain in when hand when writing, and its always been quite messy, which my school have noticed. I also struggle to use a knife and fork and my drawing is terrible. However, I have reached grade 5 in violin (which sounds good, but most people who have been playing violin for as long as I have are at least grade 6). I find it hard to hold a bow, and move my fingers quickly on the fretboard thingy.
Gross motor skills- I walk with a kind of stomp, and as I run, my arms and legs flap out. I am terrible at all sports except football ( or soccer for the americans) and long distance running. I am terrible at catching, and am very clumsy. I always spill my drink and drop things. but I have been playing football since I was 5, and I play for my local team ( although i do fall over on the pitch).
School- School was mostly easy in primary school, as the teachers did things for you, and we always had a lot of time to write stuff. I had some teachers who thought I wasn't trying, but some that gave me really good grades and understood me. but now in secondary school its much harder. I am really forgetful and disorganised, so i often dont remember to bring my textbook or do my homework. I am going into year 9, where I start my GCSE courses in some subjects, and we have to take a lot of notes, quickly and neatly. As you can imagine I struggle with this, and a lot of teachers think I do't try. I am terrible at languages and maths.
Social skills- I have a reasonable amount of friends, and once I get to know people I am fine. But at first, I am really shy with people and whenever they talk to me I don't know what to say so they think I am weird and unfriendly. I also struggle with looking people, especially who I don't really know, in the eye.
Thanks if you can help, guys. I don't know if I am dyspraxic, or what I should do next. My mum doesn't think I am, and doesn't really believe my problems at school, although she doesn't say it I think she thinks i'm not trying. Thanks if you can help