Reading help?

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Reading help?

Postby believingindestiny » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:09 pm

When i was little i was diagnosed with a very mild case of Dyspraxia after being taken to a specialist because my mum thought i was walking strange. Anyway, until recently i kind of forgot i had the condition and started doing some research about it. Even though I've never suffered badly, which i'm very lucky for, I've kind of pieced together some things that i think are down to it.
1. I didn't learn to ride a bike too quite a late age.
2. I didn't learn to tie my shoe-laces until late as well.
3. I've always been rather bad at sports because my co-ordination isn't very good.
4. I have NO rhythm. No jokes.
5. I often stumble over my words. Is this one? (For instance, i'll say two words put together instead of one)
6. I'm very unconfident.
7. When i read aloud in class, i feel all funny and think that i'm going to cry unless i stop.
8. My attention span is weak and i daydream A LOT. (Hahaha, this might just be me ;))

I don't know which of these could be down to dyspraxia and which are just me (i'm 14) but if any are, especially the physical ones and the speech ones, is there any way to make it better or make it go away? Or is Dypraxia just part of who i am? Thanks x
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Re: Reading help?

Postby wadey » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:46 pm

believingindestiny wrote:When i was little i was diagnosed with a very mild case of Dyspraxia after being taken to a specialist because my mum thought i was walking strange. Anyway, until recently i kind of forgot i had the condition and started doing some research about it. Even though I've never suffered badly, which i'm very lucky for, I've kind of pieced together some things that i think are down to it.
1. I didn't learn to ride a bike too quite a late age.
2. I didn't learn to tie my shoe-laces until late as well.
3. I've always been rather bad at sports because my co-ordination isn't very good.
4. I have NO rhythm. No jokes.
5. I often stumble over my words. Is this one? (For instance, i'll say two words put together instead of one)
6. I'm very unconfident.
7. When i read aloud in class, i feel all funny and think that i'm going to cry unless i stop.
8. My attention span is weak and i daydream A LOT. (Hahaha, this might just be me ;))

I don't know which of these could be down to dyspraxia and which are just me (i'm 14) but if any are, especially the physical ones and the speech ones, is there any way to make it better or make it go away? Or is Dypraxia just part of who i am? Thanks x


I say all those things are to do with dyspraxia. My attention span is also quite short and i also like to daydream a lot, however if i doing something which i'm really intrested in then my attetion span will be very good, for an example I have a obbession of writing names down in a form of a list and I can do this for hours at a time.
dyspraxia is always going to be part of who you are.
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Re: Reading help?

Postby Remus » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:23 am

The things like tying shoelaces and the poor co-ordination and the other physical stuff is more directly linked to Dyspraxia but the issues with being unconfident and the reading in class is more likely what we Dyspraxics develop due to our condition. There is no cure for Dyspraxia and whilst you can practice and come up with coping strategies which will help you with the physical ones, at the end of the day, it will always be a part of you no matter what.
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Re: Reading help?

Postby _robyn_ » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:46 am

I'm quite like that with reading out loud. When I'm reading I like to go into my own little world where I picture everything in my head and I see what is going on and I hear what the people are saying in the book. So reading out loud I find hard because I can't create my little world and then I get nervous and lose my place where I'm reading then I feel like I want to cry.
I don't know if it is like that for you or maybe it is just me, but I'm like that.

My attention span is alot like wadey's. If I'm obsessed then I can spend hours on it. I'm obsessed with prime numbers- I know every fact about the number 233, and I can spend ages just looking at the prime numbers chart I have n my wall- it is the first 500 prime numbers. :D I just spend ages reading it...
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Re: Reading help?

Postby Steph » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:56 am

I never used to like reading aloud in school but that was more because my classmates used to tease me because of the way I talk (apparently I speak in a monotone voice). The rest of what you write does sound a lot like me. As others have said, there are coping strategies around but these tend to be individual to each person with dyspraxia-they have found out what works for them over time and stick to that. Dyspraxia will always be a part of you but you can learn to use it to your advantage in some ways.
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Re: Reading help?

Postby jpowls » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:44 pm

I used to absolutely loath reading out loud in class at school, or for that matter, any form of speaking to the class and would absolutely blob myself at the mere thought of it. I remember this one time in sixth form my film studies tutor was giving an overview of the russian revolutions and he didn't differenciate between the february and october revolutions (for anyone that knows their russian history there's a big difference).

Anyway, he was wrong and he HAD to be corrected. :mrgreen: So I spoke up and I can still feel the amount i was shaking from speaking up and speaking to the class to correct him.

Those nerves seem to have gone though and I've no idea if it is related to dyspraxia or not but I can get VERY nervous when meeting new people or in social situations.
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Re: Reading help?

Postby jpowls » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:51 pm

Going back to the original point, I think almost all things mentioned I have too and almost certainly are linked to it.

Just reading through these forums in the last day or so it's clear that those things are mentioned by over and over. They are also mentioned in studies of dyspraxia too.
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