You are not alone with Dyspraxia
“I type during exams, and when people ask me why I’m typing, I say ‘I’m dyspraxic’ and they will usually be like ‘Oh you mean dyslexic?’ and I’ll have to tell them ‘No it’s different’, Not a lot of people understand,” Sarahann Mooney, 15, Co Dublin.
The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland estimates that there is more than one child in every classroom with dyspraxia.
They describe it as difficulty with planning, thinking and motor coordination.
Dyspraxia is a commonly used term to describe these difficulties, and this falls under the umbrella term of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
Problems with coordination can have a negative impact on an individual’s life-Children can have difficulty dressing themselves and teenagers may experience problems with organisation at school. Adults can struggle with driving or within the workplace.
And despite famous dyspraxics such as actor Daniel Radcliffe and Florence Welch of the band, Florence and the Machine, levels of awareness remain low and dyspraxia can often go undetected.