How to Live with Dyspraxia

Living with dyspraxia can be difficult. Whatever your specific symptoms, it can be difficult to navigate a world designed for people who move more easily. Here is how to do your best and make your life a little easier.


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    Figure out where you struggle. Although this can be a downer, it is a vital step. Try not to get too hung up on other people's smoother co-ordination. Common difficulties may include:
    • Hypotonia—low muscle tone
    • Dyscalculia—trouble with numbers
    • Hand-eye co-ordination—why you can't catch a ball
    • Dyslexia—trouble reading writing etc.
    • Dysgraphia—why you can't write/draw, lack of organisation, bad memory, being intensely clumsy, bad balance etc.
  2. 2
    Research dyspraxia. One of the surest ways to manage your condition is to understand it. Read what both medical journals and dyspraxic bloggers have to say. Official information can give you a more intellectual sense, and individual people can share their coping tips.
  3. 3
    File for disability. In many countries there are laws that protect people with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace and other situations. With your dyspraxia officially documented, you will have the law on your side should any discrimination arise.
  4. 4
    Network with other dyspraxic people. Both online and in person, they can offer support and advice that no one else can.
  5. 5
    Look into therapy. An occupational therapist can help you improve fine motor and other skills to make daily life easier. There are also speech therapists and counselors who can help with any depression or anxiety.
  6. 6
    Come up with social strategies. When you have a disability, you have to deal with a bit more unpleasant social interaction than the average person, so try to come up with strategies to combat misunderstandings and stigma. Also come up with strategies to deal with tasks you tend to have difficulties with.
  7. 7
    Build yourself a dyspraxic survival bag. A bag can help you keep useful tools so that you are prepared for accidents and difficult times
    • Plasters/band aids
    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Tissues
    • Inspirational quotes and comfort items
    • A planner/diary
    • A to do list

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