Friday, 14 April 2017

Sensitivity

sensitivity or hyper/hypo sensitivity is something that can and does impact on many dyspraxic people quite a lot and in this blog post im goign tot go through what it means and how people can be affected.

to start with all the aspects of sensitivity can be affected by dyspraxia such as taste, touch,sight, smell and sound. all these senses are quite clear to most people but those who have dyspraxia can have very different reactions to the same or only slighlty differring situations and thats where hypo and hyper sensitivity comes in hypo-sensitivity means someone may not react at lot less if at all compared to someone else and hyper-sensitivity is the exact opposite and someone feels something very strongly and it can be quite extreme either way. the same person can experience both ends of the scale as well for example somehting fairly minor like a little bending of the finger hurt quite a lot but something severe a broken leg (tibia-shin bone) didnt really hurt at all.

this can often affect clothing some people may not like the feellof certain clothes or if the fit is not just right it can prove difficult to wear certain items for me one is jeans which ive never worn.  

it is not just touch/feel that is affceted often light has an impact aswell such as when a light is turned on in the dark which can hurt the eyes sometimes or they struggle to see and visibly have to adjust and its not always that extreme it can just be the differnece in light in different room/buildings. this is something that happens to me sometimes often when ging from outside to inside.

tatse and textures is something that a lot of dyspraxics can have trouble with as well potentially even not being able to taste the flavours of certain foods but the texture often causes the biggest problem even making it almost impossoble to eat certain things but i'll go through this in another blog.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Travel/New Places

i thought of combining this blog with the public transport one but felt it best to do this on its own because as dyspraxics newplaces and new situations can be quite daunting and not just the travelling part of it although that can have a large impact.

as i said travel can be large part of some difficulties when going to new places because of short term memory and sense of direction as well as spatial awareness which can make it diffcult travelling not just too a certain place but possibly even exploring new areas however new technology such as phones satnav etc. make it a lot easier and the internet something like google maps street view is something that has helped me alot as you can sometimes see 'markers' on street view things like signs, a certain building etc. that you then recognise to reassure yourself or use as refernce points when travelling.i actually used google street view to plan most of the cycle i did almost 2 years ago (streetviewed over 2000 miles)

something that isnt noticed that much i find is that you become a bit more aware of your self when in new situations and have to focus a bit more on things very simple such as sometimes even walkingso that you dont walk into something or someone whereas when you are somehwere you know you ont really have to think about certiain things as much

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Public Transport

Public transport buses, trains etc. can be quite daunting for some people whether neurodiverse or not especially if travelling somehwere new or on your own. if its a journey that you know you will be doing regularly like a new school or workplace it gets a lot easier and becomes a part of your routine although if its a one off journey you may not be that comfortable and there might be bits of the journey that you dont know like where to go to get from train to bus or how to get to the next platform for me when im at train stations i dont know i often doubt myself and start thinking am i in the right on the right platform and in some cases is the next train the one i want to get on or not. when i first went to my high school i had to get a train and then a bus i found the train quite easy because it was a short journey i got on at the 1st stop and got off at the last but when it came to the bus i had no idea which bus went anywear near my school and i remmebr that there were two peoplein the same school uniform in front of me and when i got on the bus i just said the same things as them hoping it was the right place as this became a regular journey i got used to it and eventually i started to cycle or walk the bus part of the journey. sometimes not very often i travel to london by train which i can find a little bit awkward as some of the station are very big and quite busy and i can struggle to find my way around them and sometime si find myself looking around trying to work out where i am and where i need to be and more often than not i end up asking someone where the platform is hoping its fairly simple.
some useful tips are if you have a smart phone then you should be able to check times etc. if youre unsure and sometimes whether there are delays or you could have a small pocket size notepad and write down all the times and what platforms and any direction if needed.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Frustration

i find that i can get quite frustrated over some of the things associated with dyspraxia and wondering whether this happens to most people with dyspraxia or just a few. ive seen it mentioned a few times on group discussions controlling emotions over small things but not quite being angry.
for me personally the little frustrations happen fairly often but not that often and its genereally that kind or rghhh! moment and this seems to be when the simple things or things that i know i can do fine most of the time then go wrong and  alot of it is generally dyspraxia related stuff like bashing my toe, tripping up stairs, walking into a door as your opening it, dropping the same thing repeatedly or dropping food.
when this sort of stuff keeps on happening repeatedly throughout the day the levels of frustration can rise which also happens when things out of my control go wrong or stop working (technology) for no reason and when it gets to this point i generally end up giving whatever it is or the nearest solid inanimate object a forceful tap although i have got a lot better at not doing this as not being able to judge your strength can lead to some broken items occassionally howveer as a child i used to be very angry/upset a lot of the time i think this was probably because i struggled with things such as doing a tie quite a lot and didnt think kii would be able to do these things.
genreally id do find that it is just the small slightly annoying things that do frustrate me, howvere i do find that when i do get frustrated with myself (the 1st scenario) it can lead to me dropping more things leading me to be a bit more frustrated which just creates this cycle.
howvere one way of coping with this or stopping yourself from getting frustrated at yourself or duyspraxic moments is to be able to kind of joke about it and accept you are having a bit more of a clumsy/dyspraxic day.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Driving

Driving is quite a common topic among the many different platforms and support groups for Dyspraxia and quite often its questions such as can a dyspraxic drive or is it harder for someone with Dyspraxia to drive.
the answer to the first question is yes people with dyspraxia can drive either or both a manual and automatic and to answer the second question i think it mostly depends on the person some people take a long time to pass and some people pass first time whether neurodiverse or not but i personally see it as learning  a new skill (which it is) and as with anything some people will find it more difficult than others however with dyspraxia it may take a little bit longer to adapt to driving with the need to be able to focus on more than one thing for driving.
my personal experiences of driving and learning to drive is that i started learning on my 17th birthday which i remember was a 2 hour lesson of which the first 30 mins-1 hour was meting the instructor who i'm pretty sure was aware i have dyspraxia as she had previously taught both my brother and my mum how to drive and i learnt in a manual and it wasn't anything i ever thought about at the time as the driving lesson were a birthday present so also during that first lesson was getting used to what does what in the car and feeling for the biting point of the clutch and as its pretty much a certainty to happen to most people is in the first few lessons i can remember stalling quite a lot and a few late/early gear changes.whilst i was having my lessons i took my theory test which i passed first time and the majority of that as people may know is about safety and road sign/marking and scenario knowledge which i think my cycling has helped with quite a lot and as its multiple choice it is possibly easier for some people and then a few weeks before my 18th birthday i passed my practical driving test at the 2nd attempt and even though it took a year to pass i probably had approximately 25-30 hours of lessons in that time with holidays etc. however different people take longer and lots of people don't pass first or second or even third time for example i think my brother had over 10 tests overall (combined practical and theory) and hes the one in the family that really likes cars.
 i would like to say however that it was after passing my test that had been some of the best but also most challenging experiences of driving and having your own car because as teenager you pass your test and want to start driving straightaway and my parents did get me a second hand car ford escort ( i think for my 18th birthday). i never actually drove that car due to incredibly high insurance a couple of months later i was put onto my mums car insurance for 1 month and i drove that once or twice around quiet areas of town with my dad who didn't like that i occasionally looked down at the gear stick to change gear and quite soon after this my dad bought a different car 2nd hand automatic (this was after selling the ford escort) and that is the car that i currently use and although i've had my license for more than 5 years now i am only into my 2nd year of driving having gone to university in a city where there was not much point to having a car and then when i started driving again once i had come home from university and started driving again i had to get used to it and that took sometime.
i am thinking that i would like to start driving a manual again even though i like driving my automatic as it is quite 'easy' you don't need to worry about changing gear can focus on whats happening on the road around you but i would like to make sure that i'm still able to drive a manual car fairly comfortably.
when learning or considering whether to learn to drive or not and unsure about whether to go an auto or a manual my advice would be to start off with a manual, make sure you find an instructor that suits and understands you and see how you get on in the first few (5 or so) lessons don't worry about stalling or not changing gear correctly even experienced drivers sometimes make these types of mistakes sometimes quite frequently the reason that i suggest this is that if you pass your test in a manual they you have the option to choose what type of car you want whereas if you pass in an automatic you can only legally drive an automatic. and a bit of advice for people who do drive or are new to driving i would say is to not worry about what other drivers are thinking for example there is nothing wrong with going 5,10 mph under the speed limit sometimes 20 even(e.g. 50 on a 70 road is fine) and if there are impatient people close behind you that's their problem as long as your driving safely within the laws of the road it should never be a problem.
the speed limit is the limit not the target.
thanks for reading this blog and i hope some of it at least is useful for people