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Share any tips or ideas that you have which make living with dyspraxia easier.(Please start a new thread for each tip)
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Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:26 am

i wondered if any on e had any tips on comunication. on both understanding what people are trying to comunicate, and how to comunicate to others?

Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:08 am

i should be more pasific, i mean Verbal comunication.

Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:37 pm

I have problems when other speak to me and they don't say my name, I am a bit clueless to whether they are speaking to me or not. The same with waving.

Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:06 pm

Remember that this forum is specifically for tips, not a place to chat. Phrase what you have to say in a tip format:

1.) Make sure people use your name when they are speaking to you.

2.) Let people know that you may have difficulty with eye contact, but do your best to at least look in their general direction. Try focusing on their chin.

3.) Watch TV with the sound turned down so you can learn how to interpret some basic gestures and movements. (Body language is often very exaggerated on television, so this is good.)

4.) Most people with language difficulties have problems with the 'Wh-' questions - what, when, and why. This is because they usually require more than a yes/no answer. Even though the person with the language disability knows the answer, he or she will be unable to articulate it. Questions should be broken down to give the person a chance. For instance, "Why did you run away from my birthday party last night?" should be replaced with the following:

A: I noticed that you left my party last night. Did you have something else to do?
B: No.
A: Were you uncomfortable?
B: Yes.
A: Was it the noise or was it something else?

And so on. This takes longer, but at least there will be fewer mistakes.

Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:50 pm

Any tips on reading body language and picking up subtle hints?(annoyance etc?)

Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:13 am

Some people say I talk too much, be careful not to over do it. I remember a time when one of my friends said "Shut up for once" it hurt me on the inside to hear that.

Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:01 pm

I got told to shut my lips. Because i kept talking, this was in sunday school class yesterday. So i just shut my lips and stopped talking.
I was not expecting to be told that.

A tip i can give is to not talk much in class.
Do what the teacher tells you.
I like to make sunday school class more fun.
I am very wild and hyper.
Another tip is try to stay calm and not get out of control.
Another tip is not say everything that is in your head because it can get you in trouble.
When i was in class yesterday, I told the teacher i am not going to read that, I already read god's word so i am not going to read a bunch of pages because that is too much reading.
So there is times people might want to know me out a couple times because i can get annoying and be a pain.
By looking at people's faces , i till get tell by facial expressions and I can't tell by people's body language what they are feeling or thinking so that can be very tough.
If you want to learn American sign language or a new language, To work hard and not give up, and practice,have someone to practice with to get better at the language. Whatever it takes.

Never Give Up There Is Hope And Also You Never Know What You Can Do. Always Be Willing To Try New Things

Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:21 pm

At the end of a school day, my jaw aches. I think I may be doing too much talking. :lol:

Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:15 pm

i feel better if people use my name, but at one point i wasent realy speeking in grops at all so it was not nesisery to use my name, but after a wile noone was using my name so when some one said "Amy" i dident think they were tallking to me :oops:

Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:54 am

Keep a balance with eye contact - not too much and not too little. I used to over compenstate and almost glare at people. Then one of my teachers said I was creeping him out! It's ok too look away sometimes, also it's easier to take in new information and answer questions if you aren't looking at something distracting like a human face.

Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:27 pm

Another tip is not say everything that is in your head because it can get you in trouble.

this is so true, im a little slow sometimes, i had a chat with my friend about this, really im rather bad at picking up gestures and subtle hints, i often screw up in a club when talking to girls, im very bad at chatting up girls, so luckily ive had girls come up to me, although somehow im able to mess up by saying something daft.
i would say a good piece of advice is to not feel the need to fill the silence and more importantly think about what your going to say.

Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:44 pm

Always smile, and face their direction and look at them straight in the eye. This is positive body language, and they will feel more open when they talk to you. Dont look at the ground when they're talking. Hold your head up high, which is body language for 'Im open to anything, talk away'

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:24 pm

Good advice Kitty Cute

Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:15 pm

never say you like your cat beter than them, even if this is true (i said this to a friend once and she go a bit anoyd, which i dont rearly understand, would she have prefered me to have lied to her)

Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:52 pm

Ah, yes. Sometimes it is better to lie.

Quite recently I was talking to someone and she asked me whether I had noticed that she had been away for the past few days. I said that I hadn't because I don't notice that sort of thing. (I don't notice that someone is away unless they sit at the same table as me in a lesson. This girl, I discovered, sits on the other side of the room.)

Let's just say she doesn't talk to me as much as she used to...
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