Aug 30, 2023 | Neurodiversity

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What is Dyspraxia?

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Dyspraxia, which is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), is a neurological condition that affects people’s ability to plan and coordinate physical movements. Common among children, dyspraxia can also continue into adulthood. For adults living with this condition, they may face certain challenges related to work, social interaction, and day to day activities. Today, we would like to talk more in depth about dyspraxia and the obstacles that adults may face. 

According to Healthline, dyspraxia affects about five to six percent of the pediatric population, and about ten percent of the overall population. 

Challenges associated with Dyspraxia 

There are several ways in which dyspraxia can impact the lives of adults: 

Challenges with motor skills: those living with dyspraxia may struggle with fine and gross motor skills. Such tasks such as writing, using tools, typing, dressing, or grooming may be impacted by their condition. 

Issues with coordination: challenges with movements can have an impact on adults with dyspraxia. Activities that seem natural and simple to others can be quite the opposite for these individuals. This can include participating in sports, dancing and even throwing or catching objects. 

Sensory sensitivity: In some cases, certain textures, sounds, lights, or crowded spaces can be overwhelming for those with dyspraxia.  

Organization and planning: in terms of work life, dyspraxia can bring unique challenges to individuals with dyspraxia. From struggling with time management to maintaining a regular routine to meeting deadlines, these are a few of the aspects in which their professional life can be impacted. 

Organization and Planning: Dyspraxia can affect an individual’s ability to organize and plan tasks. This might impact time management, meeting deadlines, and maintaining a consistent routine. 

Communication: Often, communication skills which can include body language can be affected by dyspraxia. This might mean that individuals face challenges associated with social interactions or making friends and forming relationships with others. 

Employment: Since dyspraxia might affect organization and multitasking, individuals may face unique challenges in the workplace. Often, disclosing their condition can allow for accommodations to be made, making it easier to succeed at work. 

Fatigue: As you can imagine, managing the many demands of daily life while also navigating the challenges associated with dyspraxia can be exhausting. As a result, individuals may feel increased exhaustion or experience feelings of overwhelm. These challenges can also lead to low self esteem, anxiety, and depression where support from professionals may be of benefit. 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for dyspraxia. There are, however, coping strategies that many adults develop over time to help them better navigate the challenges they face. Whether this be using assistive technology, breaking tasks down, or relying on routines and consistency, there are many ways to help those living with dyspraxia feel less alone while also feeling encouraged and supported. 

In relation to the workplace, it is important to be open to discussions and opportunities to implement accommodations depending on the needs of the individual.  

An accurate diagnosis can help improve quality of life as well as provide support and resources to manage dyspraxia. 

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