The Umbrella

[responsivevoice] I’m not on about the classic item of choice for the usual British weather! But rather that Dyspraxia comes under an umbrella; such as Autism, Dyslexia, etc.

Umbrella is the term to group similar things together, for example:
Tiger, Lion, Lynx & Panther are all under the Cat umbrella.

All of the following come under the ‘Hidden Handicap’ umbrella and I have summed each one up in a nutshell. Each one will also have a dedicated page within time.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) & Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Usually in children, as when the child grows up they can grow out of it (or grow into it and gain better control of it – it isn’t the case for all as there are exceptions) The characteristics are lack of attention (or short attention span), impulsiveness and hyperactivity*.
(*for ADHD)



Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A pervasive developmental disorder characterised by impaired communication, excessive rigidity and emotional detachment.


Higher Functioning Autism [Asperger’s Syndrome]
(as-per-gers syn-drome)

A developmental disorder characterised by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviour, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities. Aspergers Syndrome is part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.



Inability or loss of ability to perform arithmetic (Mathematical) operations.



Inability to write coherently, as a symptom of brain disease or damage.


Impairment of the ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory (hearing/listening)  and visual information.


Dyspraxia/Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)

Inability to perform co-ordination movements.



2 thoughts on “The Umbrella”

  1. I forgot my login details etc but read your blog anyway after registering with the dyslexia foundation. Thankyou for doing creating it and publishing it. SO many things here i think yes i recognize that or hmm interesting Its great to find someone who understands. i was diagnosed late in my thiries 49 now and still looking for the role in work that is me. so many jobs on my cv i wonder is that common to and a varied range of types too. again thankyou

    • I feel that we are all in the same boat, that doesn’t matter if you have Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Autism, etc.

      Career wise I’ve had at least 6 jobs over the span of 10 years, mostly because they were apprenticeships or short-term contracts. I’ve found a passion for Admin and I’ve stuck at it. However, I can say it’s fairly common to have lots of jobs on a CV, and I don’t know about varied types of jobs but it can’t be a bad thing! Lots of varied experience shows that you have many skills to offer a company. I wish you luck in finding a role that suits you that you’ll want to stick at.

      Thanks for your message, I appreciate it 🙂


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