Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2017

Welcome to Fearless Equality. This week, from the 8th to 14th October, is Dyspraxia Awareness Week. So I thought it would be good to start my blog celebrating this with one post each of the days during this time. I’ll be talking about my experience with Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD) from when I first started primary school up to now as a graduate with a managerial job. Of course these posts will be brief, since there is so much to talk about, but I promise that I will go into more depth after this week.

This condition was first identified in 1972 making it a fairly knew disability, which means that we still have a lot to find out about dyspraxia. It affects 5% – 8% of school aged children (Duran, 2005) who are usually diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12. However, it is unknown how many people in total are affected by this disability since there is no diagnosis tool. People are diagnosed with dyspraxia when other conditions are ruled out like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy (Pearsall-Jones et al., 2010; Henderson et al., 2003).

So, take a look below and see the potential struggles someone with dyspraxia can have and find some advice to help overcome them, some of which may be obvious, but for someone with dyspraxia, they can difficult to see and then put into place.

8th October 2017

For the first day of Dyspraxia Awareness Week I will give an overview of what dyspraxia is so, click on the link below to find out more about this invisible disability.

Dyspraxia – a quick look

9th October 2017

Today I will be talking about the specific struggles I have because of having Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia. People with dyspraxia will find both coordination and communication difficult, but to varying degrees. Although I find my coordination, spatial awareness and balance bad sometimes, communicating is what I struggle with every day. So, click on the link below too find out more.

Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia

10th October 2017

For today I will start to talk about how dyspraxia affected me in school. Primary school was hard since I didn’t understand that I had a learning difficulty. There were a lot of challenges, but today I will try to explain some of the main ones. So once again, click on the link below to find out more.

Primary School

11th October 2017

Secondary was an important time for me. I still didn’t understand dyspraxia and so, I had to try and muddle along almost blind to the effects of dyspraxia whilst doing my GCSEs and A-levels. Click on the link below and find out about some of the ups and downs I experienced.

Secondary School

12th October 2017

For today I will be talking about the ups and downs of university. It is a bit of a long one, but there is just so much to talk about. Click on the link below and I hope you enjoy.

University

13th October 2017

For the penultimate post for Dyspraxia Awareness Week, I will be talking about my experience in the scary world of work. Click below to find out more.

The Working World

14th October 2017

For the last day of Dyspraxia Awareness Week I thought it would be good to end on a high note. So below you will find a post on the positives I have experienced living with  dyspraxia.

The Positives of Dyspraxia

References

Duran, M., (2005) “Motor skills disorders”, Medicine, (3)

Pearsall-Jones, J., J. Piek, F. Levy, (2010) “Developmental Coordination Disorder and cerebral palsy: categories or a continuum?”, Human Movement Science, 29(5) pp. 787-98

Henderson S. and L. Henderson, (2003) “Toward An Understanding of Developmental Coordination Disorder: Terminological and Diagnostic Issues”, Neural Plasticity, 10(1-2) pp. 1–13