Greetings, salutations, and a very warm welcome to Dyspraxic Fantastic; my blog on Dyspraxia & Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Many thanks for stopping by!
Dyspraxia is a lifetime condition that impacts an individual’s life in several different ways. A task that is mundane or even simple to one person can actually be incredibly complex or impossible for someone with Dyspraxia; tying shoelaces for an example. On the other hand, despite the setbacks and difficulties we face, we are individuals who can accomplish and contribute greatly, if given a chance. Dyspraxic but Fantastic!
About this site:
My half-brother presented the opportunity for me to kickstart my own blog site, and I almost decided to do it on Thunderbirds! Dyspraxia is what I chose because it was the perfect opportunity to impact Dyspraxia in a positive way.
For us to achieve our maximum potential is for other people to understand the struggles and the blights we face. After that, acceptance and a few adjustments (if needed) in the working or learning environment and we’ll be able to flourish. One of the greatest drawbacks of Dyspraxia is the lack of awareness – it doesn’t get anywhere near the publicity and attention it deserves. Dyspraxia’s cousins (i.e. Dyslexia and Autism) are well-known and to get Dyspraxia up the same par as them would be amazing. After all, Dyspraxia affects the same amount of people as Dyslexia so it should have equal awareness.
A little bit about myself:
Howdy, I’m Robert. For the few years of my school life, I was confused, awkward and clumsy with no explanation, I had difficulties growing up without knowing why, complete with so many questions with no answers. Why was I different? Why was I more clumsy than other students? Then, suddenly, a switched was flipped and I had an answer: Dyspraxia. I was 9 when I got it diagnosed and it helped answer some questions, but more questions took their place. Even though I had this label it didn’t help getting me the adequate support throughout school – it was often just ignored or brushed aside. I can be classed as one of the ‘lucky’ ones when it comes to getting a diagnosis, seeing how I got a fairly early one. The rocky road that was my school life should show that luck was not exactly on my side. Alongside the dyspraxia, I also have higher functioning autism (asperger’s syndrome) and face anxiety and depression.
With the Dyspraxia Foundation and other people doing their part, dyspraxia will finally get the recognition it deserves. Dyspraxic Fantastic is go!
Dyspraxic Fantastic’s S.P.E.L.L. Mission:
It isn’t all doom and gloom with Dyspraxia and there are positive sides, but these positives are often overshadowed by the stigma of a label and the frustrating difficulties we face. I created this blog for 5 reasons:
S – Spread the word of Dyspraxia/DCD. Show it’s existence and up the awareness.
P – Provide information on Dyspraxia for people who need it; whether it be employers, parents, individuals, or even the king of Spain.
E – Explain several ways of support, overcome obstacles or at the very least a point in the right direction.
L – Link up with others who have blogs, websites, social networks, vlogs (video blogs), etc. to create a huge network of resource and information.**
L – Lighten the darkness of Dyspraxia with funny quips, jokes and memes (catchphrases of the internet!)
(*If you have a site, blog, social network, etc for Dyspraxia send me a link and I’ll add it to the growing list!)
Thank-you for visiting my site and I hope this will be a fruitful insight into the world of Dyspraxia and DCD
Robert (Blog Author)
“ Running up the down escalator”
~ Dyspraxic Fantastic
Where to go first?
Dyspraxic Fantastic is a site where I jam pack as much Dyspraxia related content as I can possibly can. This can vary from the essential core facts to the number crunching statistics and from the trivial extra information to the funny insights. If you’re wondering where to start I recommend one of the following pages:
About this blog
Throughout this site I have implemented several tools to help this blog user-friendliness:
On the various pages of my blog you may see a ‘PLAY’ button at the beginning of a paragraph. Clicking the button will have the text read out loud for you, clicking the button again will stop it.
While in the planning stages of my blog I wanted special buttons that could allow a user to change the format of this site to make it easier to read. If you click the blue icon in the top right corner a menu will slide out. Feel free to test out the various settings. Any changes to the site will only affect your viewing.
Clicking ‘RESET SETTINGS’ will revert the site back to normal.
I have gained knowledge from my own and other people’s experiences along with Dyspraxia Foundation’s information. If you use the information from this blog for your own projects I would appreciate it if you could credit my blog! (just a link will be great!)
This information on my blog is to help get Dyspraxia better known. For Dyspraxics themselves, you can learn more about Dyspraxia. Also, the Blog offers support and guidance as for those who are seeking information. In this Blog can be used to support and help a Dyspraxic out!
Please share with friends, peers and anyone you think will benefit!
Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch:
For a simpler version of this site go to DyspraxicFantastic.wordpress.com