Anyone know much about Dyspraxia?

  • imperator

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    May 08, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    Has anyone on RJ been diagnosed with Developmental Dyspraxia or suspected you might have it? For those totally unfamiliar with it, a quick primer:

    I'm curious because I think I might fit the bill and thought it might be useful to compare notes with others. The main symptoms that I notice in myself-- I'm so clumsy I get angry at myself for always dropping things; my balance is so bad that I can't do stretches on one foot without something to stabilize myself and sometimes I list to the side (to the point of almost falling over) just walking; I've never really intuitively integrated left & right orientation; a couple of activities I've tried that required full-body co-ordination (a gumdo class, the drums on Rock Band, etc) are pretty much impossible; and I have serious difficulty dividing my attention, such as between conversations. Also, less severely, my memory sucks; I sometimes get verbally 'cluttered' and have trouble saying what I want to; I've lost track of how many times I've nearly suffocated myself choking on food or drink; I have poor endurance in my grip strength so my hands tire out, get numb and cramp pretty quickly; I'm not very good at judging distance. On the bright side, I'm a little more ambidextrous than a lot of people I know, but apparently that too can be a symptom. If I were to be diagnosed (though I don't even know where/who I would ask to make the determination) I suspect it would probably be mild because the resources I've seen online make it sound like it could be a lot worse, but so many of the symptoms seem so familiar that I can't help wondering.

    So does anyone suspect-- or know for a fact-- that they're dyspraxic? And if so how bad? And what strategies have you adapted to work around it?
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    May 08, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    Or you could be just hypochondriac. Heh. Those symptoms sound pretty serious. The wiki mentions a test I think. You could take that. And also, like dyslexia, it's a development disorder, and given that you're an adult now, you could've compensated and adjusted for it already. I don't know how well intervention can help you now. But wouldn't hurt to try, much like dyslexia.

    As for me, I live in a house with stairs. I think that trained my sense of balance since childhood. And when walking I often avoid objects in my path by instinct: dodging, turning sideways, ducking, etc. since I walk very fast, without even thinking about it. I do have very bad muscle coordination icon_razz.gif But I don't think I have it. Nor any other development disorders.

    My bestfriend displays some of those symptoms. icon_confused.gif Clumsy, weird coordination, etc. But he can also do awesome flatland bike tricks (which require a very good sense of balance and timing). So probably not.
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    May 08, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
    Try this....hope you'll find the answers you need, if not feel free to ask me more.