A variety of people with personal experience with dyspraxia were asked for their stories so that we can show that there is a positive side to living with dyspraxia and that sometimes the experience leads to a greater resolve and desire to do better and achieve.
Here are some of their stories:
Positive stories – Adam and Jamie I have twin sons (now aged 31) who both have Dyspraxia. They were first diagnosed aged 4 when they had their health check at school by the school Doctor and she asked them to run and to kick a ball. We were told they had a condition called Dyspraxia, which we had never heard of. All we were told was that it was poor co-ordination i.e. they wouldn’t be the next David Beckham. She referred them to physiotherapy to help with their leg muscles……….
Positive Stories – Emma the MP I was elected as the MP for South Shields in 2013. As far as I know I am the first Member of Parliament to ever talk publicly about their dyspraxia. I’m sure there are others who have sat in Parliament before me with dyspraxia, but they either weren’t aware that they had the condition or they simply didn’t talk about it………..
Positive Stories – Emma the mum Straight away I can that I firmly believe the difficulties Kat has facde have helped her to become a wonderful, caring and empathetic person. She believes she has no self-confidence and very often she will think she is ‘nothing special’……….
Positive stories – Gill the mum Joe was born normally at the right time and he seemed to be developing well although he was a little slow to walk. It was his speech that alerted me to the fact that he might have a problem, but I was told repeatedly that he would ‘catch up’ and not to worry. Eventually I could not bear to go on without some kind of recognition and a diagnosis was made at the Nuffield centre in London. He was diagnosed with severe dyspraxia with a significant oro motor component and I was advised he would probably be dys-everything……….
Positive stories – Kieran I was born twenty seven years ago and my first couple of years at primary school were very difficult as I couldn’t do the cutting and arty things you do at that age. Strangely enough I had good balance, although little ball control skills!………
Positive stories – Leighton via his mum Leighton was born very very early, in fact 11wks early. On his 2nd day we were told he wouldn’t survive. He would stop breathing up to 30 times a day but he held on and days turned into weeks and at 9 weeks old we brought him home. Every 2months we had to go to hospital an see his consultant……….
Positive stories – Maxine From an early age, there was a sense something might not be quite right with me. I was an exceptionally premature baby and needed several life-saving operations. At primary school, although I was an avid reader, children who hadn’t spoken to me thought I was stupid. At 11, my language skills were four years ahead of my age but my non-verbal skills four years behind……….
Positive stories – Rosie Ever since I was a child, difference has always surrounded me. I’ve always been very tall and if you add to that a mix of clumsiness and lack of coordination, it made me stand out like a sore thumb. I was always the one who was last at sports day, the person nobody wanted on their team. I could trip up over thin air
Positive stories – Sarah I am Sarah; I am almost 22 and was diagnosed with mild dyspraxia when I was around 10/11 years old. In July 2011 my sixth form teacher asked us if anyone of us wanted to take part in sail training residential with Tall Ships Youth Trust on board their Brig Stavros S Niarchos sponsored by HSBC. I applied to take part and got the place, even though I had never done any sailing before.
Positive stories – Tom I was born on August 31st meaning that I started school when I had only just turned 4. Bearing in mind that I am dyspraxic this made the start of life at school challenging. I repeated reception and quickly felll behind other pupils. Fortunately a teaching assistant who I worked very well with and showed a lot of patience with me stayed in reception for my second year.