The Negatives of Dyspraxia:
I would rather avoid bringing up the negative attributes altogether really; however, the darker, edgier side of Dyspraxia must be known. Although, unlike what Dyspraxics actually suffer with directly, these negatives are from the outside world and can be solved! So here are the ones I can think of (feel free to message me others you think should be on the list):
– Many people don’t know how to support a Dyspraxic person
– The word dyspraxia is too close to dyslexia
– People with Dyspraxia can also suffer from other conditions
– Schools are an uphill struggle because the way the teaching works
– It’s the fact that Dyspraxia was discovered quite recently (It was labelled Clumsy Child Syndrome in the 1970s but it was really defined as Dyspraxia in the 1980s) compared to its ‘Sister ‘conditions’ (Dyslexia, Autism, etc), Dyspraxia is not as well known and certainly not common knowledge. From this people generate opinions and jump to quick conclusions especially because it’s not obvious from the outside. So because people don’t know about it this can result in unsure on how to treat them, some may even dispute that Dyspraxia even exists because they haven’t heard of it or just making irrational judgements on the individual. This goes especially for job interviews-it’s hard as it is in present times without having an unknown condition to boot.
– Those who suffer from Dyspraxia can additionally have other Learning Differences mixed in as well like Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism etc. For those, this makes tasks even more of a struggle.
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– From personal experience, the word Dyspraxia is too close to the word Dyslexia for most people to understand because it starts and ends the same some people will jump to the conclusion that it’s just a mispronunciation on your behalf and that you do really mean Dyslexia-which of course is something completely and utterly different. Think of Dyslexia like a fire and Dyspraxia like an earthquake; both can be as bad as each other but can you can’t help an earthquake with water!
– The system put in place for schools, colleges etc are set in stone and do little to help Dyspraxics or many of the other conditions-for that matter despite ‘trying’ to help us, it does quite the opposite. (This is my own opinion based on a lifetime experience-trust me there were things asked for to be put in place to actually help me through school. The school(s) would agree and yet they just brushed it off and left it on the shelf). The system can help some people but there are others that struggle on and don’t achieve what they deserve even though they are trying much harder than the ones that succeed.