Hello! Welcome to my blog.

About me

I was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 30, so in this blog I’ll share my experiences of living with dyspraxia, diagnosis, the impact of dyspraxia on my life and tips which have helped me and those around me.

Procrastination is common amongst people with dyspraxia.

I’m currently a university student and also working part-time, so here I’ll be talking about dyspraxia and:

  • Paid work
  • Studying
  • Daily living
  • Socialising

And who knows what else along the way!

A note on language

Some people prefer to describe themselves as dyspraxic; others prefer to describe themselves as a person with dyspraxia. I tend to alternate between the two.

You might also see the term DCD around. DCD is short for Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Professionals especially tend to use this rather than dyspraxia, as it’s more tightly defined. However most people I know use the term dyspraxia, and dyspraxia is often thought of as a broader term than DCD, incorporating symptoms such as sensory processing difficulties and poor working memory. To learn more about dyspraxia, see my post “What is Dyspraxia?

I hope you’ll join me

If you like what you’re hearing, come join me as we navigate adult life. Hopefully we’ll both learn more along the way. I’d love to hear about your experiences, too.

If there’s anything you’d like to see me blog about, let me know in the comments sections, or say hi on Twitter @dyspraxicbee.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi, I found this site by chance. I was diagnosed dyslexia dyspraxic whilst doing post grad work. I’m now 47, full time work, husband and dad and life is hard to juggle. I can’t seem to find coping mechanisms for diary – do I use paper or electro I? I seem to need space around words. Also email has been tricky. Do you have any pointers?

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    1. Hi Marc, apologies for the slow reply! I think lots of us with dyslexia and dyspraxia can relate to your comment! I can’t claim to have it perfect (as evidenced by my delay in replying to you) but I have found a few strategies helpful:

      Re: Diary – I think it’s about convenience and consistency – what will you have with you when booking appointments, meetings, days out etc? I find it easiest if everything I’m doing is in one place.

      I personally now use an electric calendar on my phone, because seeing the time something will take blocked out helps me visually make sense of my time, and because I can set reminders to do things. An electronic diary also means I can see just the main points in my diary (eg Meet Friend 12noon) and then click on the event to see the details (eg meeting place), so there’s less clutter, which helps me. I was recently sent a link that had some great-looking apps in it – I’ll see if I can dig it out for you (do feel free to remind me if I haven’t come back with it in a few days, though!)

      Of course, if a paper diary is what you’ll most readily remember/use, that’s fine too – and might have the advantage that you can space things how you want or add visual reminders (I used to use an exclamation mark for deadlines, for example, to make them stand out).

      Re: Email – I set two times a day to check and respond to e-mail for up to 30 minutes (it’s usually less, but if it’s taking longer it’s usually because I’m getting bogged down in something unimportant!). First I delete obvious junk/spam; then I skim through my e-mails, reply to any that just need a short (less than 1 paragraph) reply, put any that are just information I might refer back to later (along the lines of ‘x policy has been moved to z’) in the relevant subfolder, and ‘pin’ any that need a more thought-out or detailed reply so they sit at the top of my inbox. I find if I ‘flag’ them I forget about them, so pinning it is, for me at least! Then I work through the pinned e-mails – if I can’t action them they stay pinned until I can address them.

      Does that help? I’ll start working on a post about organisation as replying to your comment has made me realised organisation is something that takes a lot of organisation to write about! You can also check out the Dyspraxia Foundation webpage https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/dyspraxia-adults/daily-life/ (they also have Twitter and Facebook pages). This blog (https://theblogwithonepost.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/day-to-day-tips-for-dyspraxics/) and this forum post (http://www.dyspraxicadults.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5304) also have sections which you might find helpful. There is also Dyspraxia and Life magazine and Dyspraxic Circle (the latter is more focused on meeting others with dyspraxia) where you might pick up some useful tips – both are on Twitter.

      Thanks for your comment – it is hard! But there are definitely lots of strategies, it’s just a case of finding what works best for you.

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