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The Dangers of Dyspraxia: Safety Tips

Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:18 am

Dyspraxic teenagers can sometimes find themselves in danger. The danger may stem from being too trusting and naive (not being able to tell when a person or situation is threatening, for example) or from a complete inability to use an iron properly! Share your safety tips here.

Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:50 pm

walk an extra mile to the traffic lights to cross the road
ironing tips
stick trouser under your matress before sleeping make sure the creases are lined up. this avoids putting to many creases or not straight creases in.

hang clothes after taking them out of the washing machaine or tumble drier


Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:25 pm

Have a adult or a group of friends be with you when to cross roads, i can never quite cross at the right time, and go too slow.

Fill cups of hot drinks only half full to prevent spills (means you can have twice as much, lol!)

Don't go near the wine bottles/ anything glass in supermarkets!

Tuck yourself really well in bed to prevnt yourself falling out.

Have sometime remind you that you're running a bath/cooking something.

Use oven gloves to get stuff out the microwave.

Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:48 am

I know this sounds stupid- but do remeber when your a parties (lol, if you do unfortunatly find yourself there) or just generall gatherings, don't trust evreyone and it's not always 'what you see is what you get'.
Im now better now, but when i was younger i had this undying trusts in evreyone and anyone!
And this used to worry my mum (haha obvoisly) due to the amount i used to day dream and wonder off and then happily go with the next person that would 'try' to supposidly escort me back to her.
Luckily nothing happened but as i said reading the newspapers and stuff there seems to be a few strange individuals around thease days!

Re: The Dangers of Dyspraxia: Safety Tips

Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:57 pm

[quote="parnassus"]Dyspraxic teenagers can sometimes find themselves in danger. The danger may stem from being too trusting and naive not being able to tell when a person or situation is threatening[/quote] totally me so most of my mates think im all ways moody but really im just confused :? :|

Sun Mar 05, 2006 3:39 pm

* Avoid walking outside at night. If you have to, walk with somebody else, NEVER alone (this goes for everybody, not just those with dyspraxia.)

* Learn self-defence

* Iron/cook etc. under someone's supervision

* If you have something in the oven and feel you will forget it's there write it down that you are cooking or set an alarm to beep when it will be ready

Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:05 pm

Follow these tips:

Get some helping using a kettle
Be careful with a sharp knife
Beware of hot objects

And most importantly don't do any dangerous stunts cos beware of the consequences!

Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:49 am

Whether you're dyspraxic or not - text the number of any taxi you have to get into alone to someone you trust like a parent or gaurdian. It's just a precaution, but it makes me feel better. Of course never get in an unlicenced taxi and avoid having to take taxis alone if possible.

Mon May 01, 2006 9:44 pm

If you're thinking about learing to drive, get yourself an automatic car. It changes gears by itself and cuts down the tasks you have to do as you are driving. My mum wasted 25 years trying to learn to drive a manual car and passed her test first time after three months in an automatic (she's dyspraxic too!) This advice doesn't count in the USA, as most cars there are automatic

Kitchen safety i.e. cooker hobs

Tue May 02, 2006 8:00 pm

Always make sure you switch the hob off when you have finished using it! It may sound silly buts its surprising how much you might forget to do it. I have been in university now for almost 2 years and have overcome many challenges living the university lifestyle that had been related to my dyspraxia. Despite my new found skills in making sure my work is organised and teaching myself to make more than just sandwiches for dinner I still keep forgetting to switch the hob off. If you do cook make it a part of your "mental checklist" just to be on the safe side, its not as easy to remember as it might sound!

Mon May 15, 2006 5:45 pm

if youre still at school, like me, file and date all your work and pages and put them away in the order they're supposed to be in, or else you'll lose them. I speak from experience.
Do not use sharp knives or try and get help.
Make a list of things you have to remember to do.
Dont believe all you are told and dont trust everyone you meet.

Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:46 am

I'm one of those people who cannot walk in a straight line (I end up off the sidewalk if I'm talking to someone while walking and not paying attention to where I'm going) Even before I knew what dyspraxia was, I've found ways to deal with it.

1. When I walk, I've found it helpful to keep looking directly at where I have to go. If I do this, I can usually manage to walk in a straight line. (If I don't do this, people think that I'm drunk by the way I walk) Once I get to the object I was looking at, I look for a new target to walk towards. In this way, you can get to where you have to go by using a connect-the-dots type system.

2. When you're out walking, avoid uneven ground if you can. When walking on city sidewalks, look for areas where tree roots have lifted the sidewalk to make it uneven or for gaps in the concrete big enough to catch your toe on. Be extra careful in those areas-- usually there's a tree or something that I can put a hand on to steady myself if I have to. Avoid walking in places where there is a lot of debris like leaves on the ground if you can help it-- they're slippery and they may hide uneven places that you can trip on. If you do this, it will save you many painful falls.

3. Handicap ramps are helpful when you can find them (plus they're easier on the knees as you get older-- trust me on that) , since stairs are a tripping hazard.

If stairs can't be avoided, just take your time and look down at your feet as you climb. My dyspraxia causes me to shuffle my feet sometimes as I walk, and on stairs, this can be dangerous since I've caught my toe on the edge of a step and have fallen on my knees many times. Use the handrail by all means.

4. I walk with my arms held outwards from my sides at a 45 degree andle (not out in front of me) instead of hanging limply at my sides like most people-- they help me keep my balance. Try it sometime.

Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:14 pm

I walk with my arms held outwards from my sides at a 45 degree andle (not out in front of me) instead of hanging limply at my sides like most people-- they help me keep my balance.

I do this, but not consciously - my arms seem to drift into that position naturally when I am uncertain on my feet. My body has worked out its own ways of coping.

Most people do not let their arms hang limply - their arms move naturally as they walk, as they're naturally rhythmical. I used to have very little sense of rhythm, but my occupational therapist worked with me on this and I now find that my limbs move in better harmony, although they're still not perfectly 'in tune'.

Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:54 pm

Be careful when you are riding a bike. If possible, wear a helmet. This is a good tip for anybody, actually, as helmets save lives. I don't always wear one when I ride in my neighborhood (perhaps I should), but I always wear one when I am riding in a park or far from a patch of grass. You never know when you could fall off and hurt yourself very badly. :shock:

Always look before you cross the road. I had a "moment" with this today. I guess I didn't really look because my R.A. was driving past and she said to me politely, "you know that those cars don't have to stop there." I thought I looked, but apparently I was distracted and went out in front of a car! :oops:

Try not to Jay-walk. Especially if there is a stoplight nearby that you can cross at.

If possible, try to get a car that has Automatic trasmission because it is easier to manuever (in my opinion anyway). There isn't so much to concentrate on as there is in a stick-shift. There's a lot more positions on a stick and you have to look down a lot more which takes your eyes off the road. I have an automatic (actually my dad's black 2000 Honda Civic) and it works great for me.

Smaller cars are easier to drive, but maybe that's just me. 8)

Always have a map with you so you can know where you are going and so you have less chance of getting lost. Try to carry a cell phone as well (keep it charged) and have your emergency numbers on your phone-except maybe not 911 so you don't accidentally dial it! Some cell phone companies also have a feature called ICE (an emergency number you can put in your phonebook on your phone). Also there is a number in the US called *77 (I think that's right anyway), which is another emergency number for people who are feeling threatened. This is good genral info for anybody.
Also, if you are out walking at night (girls especially) you should keep a watch out for people just parked in cars. Don't go near a parked car with a person who is sitting it.

Don't be so sympathetic to men/women who ask you for "help into their car." Ted Bundy, the serial killer was a smart, handsome man who carried a cane and often asked women for "help into his car" and that's when he abducted them.

Be wary of unmarked police cars and call emergency services as soon as you can if you spot one. These are often driven by people who are "bad apples" for lack of a better term.

Girls and women are often seen parked in their cars reading or doing some sort of thing like balancing their checkbooks. This is the perfect way for a guy to come and abduct you. You are not paying attention. You don't see them because your head is down or you are sleeping. Don't do it.

If you hear a baby crying on a doorstep next door, DON'T go over and try to get him/her. There have been reports of people recording baby cries in order to capture women. Call the police to make sure that it's not a real baby. If it is then they will help the baby, if it isn't then you will be safer than if you went over to help yourself.

Finally, if a robber is chasing you, run (preferably in a zig-zag pattern). He/she is less likely to hit you with a bullet or even catch you if you are on the run. If he/she is interested in your purse, throw it far away from yourself and then run. Chances are, if he/she has your purse, they won't care about chasing you. Sure there probably are a lot of valuable things in your purse, but most of them you can get back somehow, especially if you report it to the police. You can't get you back or replace you. Be safe and street smart. I will try to post more of these tips later. They were in the bathroom stall of my dorm.

Oh yeah, don't wear your headphones when you are walking at night because you won't be able to hear cars, predators, robbers, etc. as well. It's much safer to be walking without the music for a while than to be sorry.

Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:53 am

parnassus wrote:
I do this, but not consciously - my arms seem to drift into that position naturally when I am uncertain on my feet. My body has worked out its own ways of coping.

yeah, same here. I wasn't even aware of it until I looked in a mirror one day and realized what I was doing. I then tried to walk without doing that and then nearly fell over. Sometimes having your arms out isn't enough-- that's why I try to stay close to things to grab on to.
Last edited by Page on Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:34 am, edited 1 time in total.
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