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Postby Helen » Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:51 pm

Hello Everyone,
I thought it would be a good idea if you had a place to share your hints and tips for coping with some of the challenges dyspraxia causes you. So come on....you are an ingenious bunch and must have developed some great strategies over the years to help you.

I'll get you started......
It seems that disturbed, restless sleep is not uncommon among those with dyspraxia. Matt is no exception. For years we have struggled to help him stay comfortable in bed. Restless nights caused a problem with keeping the duvet on the bed, which only served to make things worse...but now the problem is solved.
A single bed, with a double quilt, which gives plenty of extra to tuck in under the mattress on one side. Even on the most restless night the quilt stays on the bed, so Matt does not wake up cold or uncomfortable. The added bonus is that his bed stays so tidy now, he has no trouble making it...a minute and it is done :D

Now it is your turn. New people visit this site every day, looking for advice and answers. You never know you may have just the solution they are looking for!

Bye for now,
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Postby Charlotte » Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:20 am

Hello everybody,

If you find writing hard then write on lined paper and leave a gap between each line. Even if your writing's not that good leaving an extra space makes it look so much more presentable

If you write too hard in pen, write in pencil instead if possible.

If your writing's bad, do as much work on computer as you can

At school try to sit away from distractions and near the board.

(This is how I learnt right from left but will only work if your writing hand is your right one) If you find it hard to tell right from left think of the hand you write with. Is it your right one? If so remember this phrase 'I write with my right hand!' Alternatively if you hold your hands up in front of you your left hand makes a 'L' shape (That way never worked for me but it might for other people).

If you can't tell 'right foot' from 'wrong foot' you could put a tiny 'r' in your right shoe and a tiny 'l' in your left

Try to break tasks up, step by step. Make sure you understand one thing before going onto the next

If you're always in a rush in the morning, get everything you need for school/college/work ready the night before like packed lunch, school bag etc. and sort out which clothes, uniform you want to wear.

If you always seem to say the wrong thing think before you speak. Imagine yourself saying what you're going to say and think about how someone could get the wrong impression etc. If it seems safe say it!

(Matt actually taught me this one on his dyspraxia page- he may have taught me some of the others too but this is the one I remember reading from him) Use the back of a spoon instead of a knife to spread butter, margarine etc. It's so much easier!!!

(Perhaps most important of all) Try to keep a good sense of humour. Be positive. Focus on things you're good at and always look on the bight side of life :D
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Postby k9ruby » Tue Jul 06, 2004 3:47 pm

TOP TIPS!

1. (No offence!) Escalaters have somthing against dyspraxics! KEEP LACES DONE!
2. I can't sleep w/o the bathroom light on and the doors HAVE to be W-I-D-E open!
(im not scared! well...um...promise u wont tell any1! maybe a little bit...)
3. I CANNOT SLEEP without my duvet pressure! even if its HOT!
4. make your PE teacher fully aware that YOU R NOT training to play at wimbledon or compete at the olympics (FAT CHANCE!).
5. do as above and maybe try to get your PE teacher to let you do a slightly easier activity if your form is doing a harder game that seems pointless anyway!
since WHEN have i become ectastic when someone bats a peice of plastic and sweats it out running through some cones and then is surrounded by a crowd of people ! Apparently this pointless 'game' is called rounders...
when we are doing big games or harder skills lessons in rounders,tennis or cricket my pe teacher lets me choose 4 friends to do ball skills.
6. USE A lLAPTOP OR A PC!
7. As chaz said, HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR! :D
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Postby Guest_Jen » Tue Jul 06, 2004 9:18 pm

At work when someone asks me to do a job i always write it down so i can remember, i used to think i would remember exactly what it was but would get things wrong. The trouble is it takes me a long time to write things down and i can't always tell what i have written as my writing is terrible. I now usually just write down key words.

Also if its something a bit complicated or long then after they have finished telling me i say, "so you want me to..." and then repeat back to them what i think they want me to do. Usually they say yes, but sometimes i get it wrong and they can correct me before problems arise. This would apply for school as well as work.
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Postby WARTORIOUS » Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:31 am

Hi, Ok so…..
(I've always hated football, most other games are fun;) When playing football just stand in a set place and only move if you can get the ball, Its SO much easer than tearing around never getting the ball :rolleyes:.

When in tense situations just relax and don't be modest, make eye contact, smile, and be polite ;) .

Don't surprises your emotions, find an outlet.

I tend to prefer baggy cloths, and genes are great too. take pride in your apperanse, because it can make you feel better about yourself.

if you’re scared at Night, Do something other than watching TV or playing the computer right before you go to bed, Listening to the radio in your room is ideal. Ohh and sleep with the window open, the fresh air will make you feel better in the morning.

Generally I find Music increases my co-ordination, so Listen to music more when your working, tiding, whatever.

Really get your stuff ready for the morning if your late, It will really help, and thanks to Charlotte too.

I actually developed my short term memory, Learnt my left and right and what side of the road to drive on at an early age from a games console; The Sega Mega drive (Or genesis in the US). I learnt from Sonic 1 the Cheat Up, Down, Left, Right, A and press the start button, From there on I learnt Up down, left is Right, For driving on the Left(In England) side of the road and Up, down, left isn’t Right for driving on the left.
From a game called Wiz’n’Liz I learnt to remember 6 letter digits in my head, so it improved my memory after a while.

I find it now ironic that I learnt more from trying to get away and play games than I did at earley school(and i realy did learn more). ;)
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Postby trumpet_player » Mon Oct 11, 2004 1:48 am

Helen wrote: Hello Everyone,
I thought it would be a good idea if you had a place to share your hints and tips for coping with some of the challenges dyspraxia causes you. So come on....you are an ingenious bunch and must have developed some great strategies over the years to help you.

I'll get you started......
It seems that disturbed, restless sleep is not uncommon among those with dyspraxia. Matt is no exception. For years we have struggled to help him stay comfortable in bed. Restless nights caused a problem with keeping the duvet on the bed, which only served to make things worse...but now the problem is solved.
A single bed, with a double quilt, which gives plenty of extra to tuck in under the mattress on one side. Even on the most restless night the quilt stays on the bed, so Matt does not wake up cold or uncomfortable. The added bonus is that his bed stays so tidy now, he has no trouble making it...a minute and it is done :D

Now it is your turn. New people visit this site every day, looking for advice and answers. You never know you may have just the solution they are looking for!

Bye for now,
Helen

I just wanted to say that i'm also a shocking sleeper, and i hate it when my doona (aussie for duvet) feels like it's going to fall off the bed or if it's not perfectly straight without wrinkles in it.

I'm still trying to come up with a system that makes me appear less un-organised. I've tried the post it notes with reminders, i've tried the getting stuff ready the night before, but forget to write the notes and i forget to get things ready. It doesnt annoy me, but it's beginning to frustrate my case worker (she's helping me gain employment and keep the employment), but i cant help being so un-oganised. I try so hard not to be, but nothing works.

Wasnt quite so hard when i lived at home coz my mum used to remind me of things that i had to do.
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Postby benjnottingham » Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:04 am

Here are my tips:
1) If your handwritting isn't very good & when you start secondary ask if you can bring an laptop in for writting out your work on.
2) Learn to play computer or consol games that will inprove your co-ordanation.
3) Find out if your college can help you & suport you for your course.
4) Get an PDA to put dates down such has: brithdays,school events ect..
5) Keep Happy
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Postby k9ruby » Mon Oct 11, 2004 3:49 pm

4) Get an PDA to put dates down such has: brithdays,school events ect..


thats wot i do.

ive got a IPAQ pocket PC 1930 and it is sooooo cool!
I got it for £165 in comet (Price matching skills! :D LOL!)
Its got sooo many features such as:

    </li>
  • Infra-Red (means you can use it with phones or as a TV remote!!!)
    </li>
  • Mobile iternet
    </li>
  • MP3/video player
    </li>
  • MSN messenger
    </li>
  • transcriber
    </li>
  • voice rec
    </li>
  • calender
    </li>
  • Mobile E-mail
    </li>
  • Can be used as a phone u get this special attachement thing!
    </li>
  • you can get a keypad for it!
    </li>

you can get a keypad for it!


just thought of an idea wich im gonna ask mum now... if i can get the bigger keyboard for it i might be able to use it for school!
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Postby Philip » Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:14 pm

For me I have overcome a lot of strategies of the years to help me.


Most of the points have been said which I have used in the past


Think of all the good things you have achieve each day before going to sleep (this helps me get to sleep... even though I am 21)

Hope this helps
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Postby rachel » Wed Jan 19, 2005 4:51 pm

Charlotte wrote: Hello everybody,

[b]If you find writing hard then write on lined paper and leave a gap between each line.




I do that
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Postby Philip » Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:31 pm

If you feeling low.... listen to your favourite songs on CD player/tape etc this cheers me up.

If you have to do any essay/written work on plain paper (use some line paper underneath

Listen to your favourite radio station each day (everyone probably has they favourite radio station , whether it the mains one or they local ones
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Postby rachel » Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:00 pm

I read when upset :( and angry :angry:
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Postby slinky_malinki » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:05 pm

* Always remember that dyspraxic does not equal disabled. No tips will help if you don't have a bright attitude.

* Look at 'positive symptomatology'. There are great long lists detailing every problem a dyspraxic person is likely to suffer from - but no lists that say, "Dyspraxic people are typically vivid, original thinkers with strong language skills and great imaginative powers." Yet it's true.

* Remember that you are not a label. Use the fancy Greek term, but don't be defined by it.

* Be grateful for your dyspraxia. Everyone on earth has their own set of problems and weaknesses. Ours happen to have a name, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. And that puts us well ahead of the thousands of other people who can't categorise their difficulties!

* Don't be paranoid. Those people whispering in that corner over there aren't necessarily laughing at you. And even if they are...the ability to make people laugh is a gift. Pity they haven't got it.

* Don't give up, but don't keep hurling yourself at metaphorical brick walls. If you just can't manage to do something, think, "Is there an alternative way forward?" And you can bet there will be...even if it is so wildly unconventional that you are the first person to tread the path.

* Don't be afraid to laugh
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Postby slinky_malinki » Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:45 pm

Have any of you tried following the plan outlined in the 'LCP solution'? (Dr Jacqueline Stordy pioneered it - you can find the book on Amazon.) I think I might give it a go.

The LCP Solution: the Amazing Nutritional Treatment for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and AD/HD
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Postby Hermionefan5 » Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:47 pm

Here are some of the things I do:

1. If you are not good at getting notes down in class-maybe not fast enough, or you have to write slowly like me to not be sloppy, then ask your school if you can bring a small voice recorder to class. It is important to ask the school and the teacher so you don't get in to trouble!! Also, if you can, get a doctor's note to back it up, saying you have to use it for class. It really helps me, especially now at college.

2. If you have a hard time concentrating on homework in certain places, go to a place a little less distracting. I can't work with music blaring, for instance. It has to be REALLY quiet.

3. Color code your notebooks and your binders for school so you know which subject it is and you don't get mixed up. I have different types of pictures on mine. My biology binder has Mulan and my Psych binder has pirates on it.

4. Schedule your days ahead of time. I still have trouble with this, but I am working on it. Try to balance work time and play time. Also, spread out your test study time over the weeks before the test. Then, you won't have to worry about cramming the night before. You can just do a little review, go to bed, and be ready next day. It works well for me.

5. Develop the ability to laugh at yourself. This is one of the MOST important ones! It is also one of the hardest in my opinion. But, I try to practice laughing at the many dyspraxic things I do each week. It makes me feel better about my dyspraxia when I can laugh at it myself.

6. Don't stress over what you can't do. Focus on the things you are good at and stick to them. Also, challenge yourself. Try your best even though it is hard sometimes.

7. Let your teachers know about your dyspraxia. It is easier for them to understand your needs if they know what you have troubles with. Believe me, I know from experience. ;)

8. I like to read books, listen to music, or watch movies to relax, especially when I am feeling down. Writing helps you vent your feelings and so does drawing. I love to write stories, but even if you are not a good writer or drawer, you can try these things. Music can also calm you before a test and helps you to fall asleep (I wouldn't reccommend loud fast music for sleeping though, but rather softer, slower, music) but that is just me.

9. Always wear a watch. They help you stay on task and make sure you are not late. Also, alarm clocks, though they are not one of my friends, really help.

and the last one,

10. Always remember what Matt says, you are "Dyspraxic and Fantastic!" B)

Hope this helps,

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