Dyspraxia is usually considered to be a difficulty with co-ordinating physical movements (fine and gross motor skills). It is sometimes referred to as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD). Adult Dyspraxics commonly report associated difficulties with the processing of language and thoughts.
What’s it like having dyspraxia?
The co-ordination difficulties associated with dyspraxia can reduce a person’s ability to participate and function in education and employment. Difficulties with writing, typing, riding a bicycle are common symptoms in childhood and may persist into adulthood. Adults may also experience difficulties with driving a car or DIY.
Adults with dyspraxia sometimes display social and emotional difficulties, as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation. This may affect the person’s education or employment. Dyspraxia may make learning a new skill more difficult. Adults with dyspraxia may have developed coping strategies to find ways around everyday tasks they find difficult but despite this confidence and self-esteem issues persist. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT offers a proven route towards addressing such emotional issues.
Want to know more about dyspraxia?
For more information about dyspraxia, look at dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
An insight into the world of an adult dyspraxic is provided by this YouTube clip: