Do I Have Dyspraxia ?

Chat with others about dyspraxia and share your experiences.

Postby Sean » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:17 pm

Hi there, I am a teenager and having read about the symptoms of the condition I have noticed alot of them in myself. Most of them are to do my hopelessness at ball games, schoolwork in the form of Maths and my writing and my ability to hold things steady for any period of time. I also have trouble with remembering people or information as well as rearranging the order of letters when writing. can any one offer any advice?

Postby Abby » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:17 pm

Hi there Sean.
Judging by the problems you said I' m sure that you do have Dyspraxia. I' m Dyspraxic myself and I' m also a member of what you call the Dyspraxia Foundation and the Dyspraxia connexion and they give you information on the condition. The problems you said match the symptoms and maybe like Helen always says, you could have a test by a specialist. It's up to you. Good luck!

Postby Sean Thomas » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:17 pm

Hi I have mentioned what you said to my parents but they dont belive me. What can I do that dosen't involve them. All help is greatly appreciated. Sean
Sean Thomas

Postby Guest_Helen » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:19 pm

Hello Sean,
Do not give up on your trying to make your parents understand that you feel there is a reason for your difficulties. You could try writing or typing a list of things you have trouble with, along with any basic information about dyspraxia relevant to your difficulties. Copy and paste anything from this site if it helps. Visit the Dyspraxia Foundation site too, for more info at <a href='' target='_blank'>Dyspraxia Foundation</a>. List the addresses of the sites you get your information from. Then try another chat with your mum and Dad. Show them your list and encourage them to have a look at the websites with you. Stay calm and try not to loose your temper. It may take a while, but just keep trying. Ask your Mum if she will make an appointment for you to see the doctor, so you can arrange for an assessment.
But if this fails and you feel your parents are still not listening, then you could try some of the following:
I do not know how old you are, but is there any way you could make an appointment to see your family doctor on your own. If you can, then explain to your doctor your worries and the things that you have difficulty with. Tell him/her that you have tried to discuss your concerns with your parents, but they do not realise how much of a problem you are having. Ask your Dr if there is any way that you can have an assessment to find out the cause of your difficulty. You could even show your list if you made one.
Are there any teachers at school who you trust who you could talk to? If there are then speak to them. Tell them you have concerns with your maths, writing etc. and would very much like some help in improving those things. Could you have a chat with your PE teacher about your co-ordination skills? Have the teachers ever noticed that you struugle with certain things and if so have they discussed it with your parents? If not ask your teacher if they feel you are struggling and if so could they have a chat with your parents or help you find ways to cope. I know it is going to take real courage on your part, but you need to find some one who will listen to you and help you.
Hope that some of this helps.
Let us know how you get on.
All the very best,
Helen :)

Postby Sean » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:19 pm

I have seen my Dr on my own but he thinks I may be dyslexic, he never even considered dyspraxia. He thought that I should get the school to arrange an assessment with a educational specialist, I cant remember exactly what he called it. would they consider dyspraxia? Thanks Helen for your advice, without it I doubt I would have got this far.

Postby Vicky » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:23 pm

Sean, you are doing well! Keep on perservering.

I am severely dyspraxic and I was like you - my parents were unwilling to recognise that I had a problem, so I had to somehow arrange an assessment on my own. When they saw the psychologist's report, they finally understood what things are like for me. I hope things turn out like this for you too.

Just one thing - you might actually be dyslexic as well. Dyslexia and dyspraxia can coexist in the same person, and many purely dyslexic people experience co-ordination problems. A psychologist will recognise all the problems you have, and you will get support for each.

Keep on trying,
Best wishes,

P.S. I am nearing the end of a book, and your story sounds interesting. Can I put it in my chapter on assessment and diagnosis?

Postby Guest_Helen » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:24 pm

Hello Sean,
Glad you were able to see your Dr. Was it an assessment with the Educational Psycholgist he suggested? I guess if your GP feels that any assessment should be arranged via the school, then this is the route you will have to take to begin with. Have you discussed anything with your teachers yet? A good Educational Psychologist should be familiar with dyspraxia, but I would suggest, if you do have an assessment, that you talk to the psychologist honestly about your feelings and difficulties. Again it may be advisable to take along any relevant information from websites etc. to support your concerns.
May I recommend you try and get hold of a copy of Dyspraxia The Hidden Handicap by Dr Amanda Kirby. It is an excellent book and has a useful section, aimed at teenagers/adults with dyspraxia, giving practical advice etc. You may be able to find it at your library. Also I would recommend getting in touch with the Dyspraxia Foundation. They produce some great advice sheets and have a student membership for £5 per year, if you are interested in joining. They may also be able to advise you whether there is a Dyspraxic support group, for teenagers/ young adults, in your area.
Hope everything goes ok for you Sean.
Keep in touch,
Helen :)

Postby Sean » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:24 pm

Hi Vicky, you certainly can use my story in your book, it may help other people in the same situation as me to get a diagnosis.
I will keep you posted on my progress.
Sean :)

Postby TheMunchkin » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:25 pm

You might have dyspraxia, but it might just be that youve read about it somewhere and you've become self consience about the symtoms of maybe ur just a little clumsy, no offence, if your parents will not listen contact your GP or call child line on
0800 111111

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