Saturday, 18 November 2017

timekeeping

timekeeping being late, planning etc. all seem to be traits that are very common among many people with dyspraxia.
often you see that dyspraxics often find themselves being late for things.
when looking into it the diffuclties with planning, organisation etc are definetley going to be contributing factors in timekeeping and possibly even difficulties with learning to drive and sometimes understanding the timetables for public transport can be quite difficult.starting with planning a journey and for certain things to happen at certain times that can be helpful for those of us with dyspraxia so you know how long you have to get somewhere can work for public transport however for me i always get lost in larger train stations i have in the past actually totally forgot about some stuff that was fairly regular once it was actually my driving lesson and i had no idea that i was meant to have a driving lesson then even though they were always on the same day at the same time
now i am quite the oppsoite of this however i tend to arrive very early for things for example when im planning to be somewhere at 320 and the journey takes approximately 40 mins i will leave at 2 oclock not 240 and that gives me roughly 30 or so minutes just in case of traffic or getting a little bit lost if its somehwere i have not been before and i tend to do this give myself extra time for pretty much every journey even if i do it fairly regularly. the one down side to this is that you often end up wasting that extra 30 or so minutes not doing anything (i have actually written parts of these blogs in those situation sometimes). but my view is its better to be early than late however sometimes you have no control over what happens such as traffic or public transport running late or not at all and although its annoying and can ruin any plans, you have to accept that there is nothing you can do and try not worry or stress

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Social Media

i have recently written a couple of blogs on celebrities that have dyspraxia and the coverage of dyspraxia in the (traditional) media so in this blog i thought i would talk about social media and the role that does and can have for support or increased understanding and awareness of dyspraxia.
there are quite a few different formats/channels of social media available aswell and this creates a lot of options.
for instance there are a few different people who do blogs and videos which tend to provide information with personal experiences which in my view helps to showcase that dyspraxia can have such a varied affect and you can find many of these via this link from the dyspraxia foundation https://www.dfyouth.org.uk/youth-focus-group/youth-blogs/  as well as seeing them shared around social media pages, groups etc.
talking about pages and groups, there are a wide range of differing groups on facebook that can help people to offer support or advice aswell as seek that help and these groups can be targeted to certain groups (Peers) of people such as groups for adults, youths and even parents as well as groups that are all inclusive.
and not forgetting that social media is a great tool for sharing upcoming events or related 'activities' helping to give you a wider audience to promote too.
social media as a tool can be very good and helps many people alot but the advice you seek through social media groups etc. is persoanl experiences, opinions etc. and is not to replace seeking proffessional advice if needed. and obviously when communicating with others that you may have never met you need to be safe which the dyspraxia foundation youth website has a full page on that with links to other organisation which you can see here.
https://www.dfyouth.org.uk/online-safety/

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Famous people who have dyspraxia

there are some people in the public eye that have dyspraxia and sometimes talk about it in interviews and having someone to look up to who is similar to you can be incredibly supportive for people
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to start with the dyspraxia foundations celebrity patron Jamie Lambert a singer from the band Collabro who won britains got talent in 2014 and jamie has spoken in public about how dyspraxia affects him and when he became the patron of the dyspraxia foundation he's mum wrote a blog on dyspraxia as a parent which you can see here https://yorkie007.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/pug-diaries-the-devil-is-in-the-detail-dumbing-down-dyspraxia/

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florence welch is a singer known from the band florence and the machine and she has dyslexia as well as dyspraxia and has talked about it and in an article on understood.org she mentioned that dyspraxia has helped her with being in a creative industry.

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Image result for cara delevingnedavid bailey is a well known photographer who also has dyspraxia although there arent really any articles of him talking about it there is a bit from his wife again suggesting the creativity side of dyspraxia being a positive thing that may help people so they dont focus on the negatives.


Cara delevigne model and actress has fairly recently spoken about having dyspraxia (it was mentioned in an article in vogue) and i think there is something about her when she does interviews that when you know she has dyspraxia you can notice.

perhaps the most well known dyspraxic is Daniel Radcliffe the actor who played harry potter and i can remember dyspraxia being mentioned around the 3rd film prisoner of azkaban i think on an extras disc where he mentions he always struggled with school and has difficulty with shoelaces i also remember an interview towards the end of the films in which he said that he is always breaking the wands. and he also gave some advice in an interview which was to not let dyspraxia hold you back it didnt him for him.
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and finally albert einstein is thought to have had dyspraxia or possibly aspegers/autism and is perhaps why he excelled so much in one area of science.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dyspraxia in the Media

this blog is about the coverage of dyspraxia in the media specifically traditional media such as newspaper, television and radio perhaps even some internet coverage aswell.
any media coverage of Dyspraxia or any other neuro/hidden disabilities in general seems to be quite rare although recently there has been an increase of media coverage of some hidden disabilities mostly the more well known ones such as autism and in the past i have seen some programmes on dyslexia and AD(H)D
this is not to say that dyspraxia does not fetaure in these forms of media media at all in fact recently (the last 2 or so years) there is some coverage as there has been a couple of newspaper artcles which i will link to at the bottom of this post and some features through radio and online comedy which you can see here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-39351356
unlike some other hidden conditions dyspraxia has as far as im aware never had a trelvision programme speccifically for increasing the understanding and awareness however dyspraxia has appeared or been a part of a couple of television programmes one of which is (young) childrens show tree fu tom that tries to encourage activity and improve motor skills whilst watching television you can read more about it in these two links below
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/treefutom/dyspraxia-foundation.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/children-with-dyspraxia
and something that perhaps more would have seen was lofty a character played by lee mead in casualty and now holby city (BBC shows) was that in an episode of casualty there is a mention that lofty may have dyspraxia however after that one scene in one episode it was never mentioned afterwards.
links to as many articles about or featuring dyspraxia as i can from the last few years.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/oct/29/dyspraxia-serious-recognition

http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/10/what-is-dyspraxia-its-more-than-just-clumsiness-6496918

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/dyspraxia-is-more-than-just-clumsy-child-syndrome-it-can-cause-emotional-distress-and-anxiety-a7416081.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/this-is-how-a-dyspraxia-diagnosis-changed-my-life-a3359906.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/i-get-knocked-back-but-i-get-up-again-my-journey-with-dyspraxia-a7091426.html


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Handwriting

handwriting or poor handwriting is probably one of the things that is most associated or visible in someone who has dyspraxia and is one of the things that most affected me in school.

i remember that around the time i was diagnosed with dyspraxia i used to see a specialist (occupational therapist i think) and there was a sort of writing test/activity that without any time constraints to write as neatly as possible and for me and many dyspraxics it can take a long time to write one sentence neatly can be physically painful however after we did this we were told that my handwriting would not improve from that point. and below is what my handwriting is currently like


(i may have mentioned in a previous blog that when i was in yr11 15/16 yrs old my english teacher tried to teach me how to write the letter e which makes up half of my name)
as far as i am aware all children are taught to write in the same way with the same pen/pencil grip etc.however some people do still tend to grip things in different way some will wrap their handnaround a pen some will hold with just their fingertips
however there are a lot of different styles, shapes and size pens out there that try to encourage help develop the usage of the 'correct' pen grip such as the yoropen which im pretty sure i have used in the past but they were not for me as they were a bit too narrow.there is also a variety of pens and some pencils made by the company stabilo which have an ergonomic grip built into them these are the pens i have probably used most although they are a bit chunky and cand raw attention from others even adults. perhaps also useful for dyspraxics are the frixion pens made by pilot which are erasable pens but prior to using pens you can get pencil that have foam grips on them, but you do not neccesarily need to have a 'specialist' pen there are basic pens out there that come in different shapes and sizes fatter, thinner or triangular pens could work just aswell if you like the feel and shape and you are comfortable using it that is what is mmost important that you are comfortable using whatever pens you use.

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