Meryl talks about her experience of supporting her 12 year old son
My Son was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 10 although we suspected he had it for several years earlier. We were aware of the condition as a cousin’s son had already been diagnosed with it, it if had not been for him then we probably would not have heard of it.
It affects him in many different ways. He struggles with his fine motor skills such as holding a pen to write and doing up his shoe laces. It took him a long time to learn how to use a knife and fork and he still prefers to use a spoon and sometimes his fingers! He plays cricket and he needs help to put on and do up his pads which can sometimes be a bit embarrassing now he is getting older.
It has also affected his speech. He was quite late talking and now he speaks very fast and sometimes has a slight stammer, especially if he is anxious about anything.
He is quite an anxious child which we understand children with dyspraxia often are.
Now he is at secondary school he is expected to do more writing and he struggles to write neatly and one or two of his teachers have mentioned that his writing is rather untidy. He really loves sport which has helped him but he has to work a lot harder than the other children. It took him quite a long time to learn how to ride a bike but now he is really good at it and he cycles to school most days. He was invited to a party which involved climbing up a wall and this was very difficult for him as he struggles with balance. It does seem like the older he gets the more he is expected to do and we do worry a bit about exams and how he will cope.