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Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well.  Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

A Post about Dyspraxia (Developmental coordination disorder)

What is Dyspraxia? Well it’s a neurological disorder that effects your brain, causing the messages you want to send, to not send properly. For example; wanting to say Baseball, instead you end up saying Masmall instead, because your brain doesn’t understand how to form the Buh properly. Or maybe you go to step forward, but your brain sends “Okay, raise up your foot a little bit.” when you really needed a “Raise your leg up a bit more”. 


A Dyspraxic person will be effected by verbal and motor (Both fine and gross) differently, and that doesn’t make them any less dyspraxic than another sufferer. I have more trouble verbally expressing myself than anything, but plenty of times have I messed up horribly due to not realising there was something in my way that I needed to avoid. 


Someone with dyspraxia may also have a varied range of extra things that comes with it, such as Dysgraphia (Difficulty in writing/drawing), Dyscalculia (difficulty with mathematics). Some might even have ADHD. In all, a Dyspraxic individual will have a wide range of things they can and can’t do. When we say we can’t do something, we generally mean it’s really difficult to comprehend.

Here’s some other information on more detailed sites:

understood - Detailed information

the wiki page - The wiki page on it

UK Dyspraxia Foundation - A short read compared to the others.

UPDATE: I have added the following resources to the blog:

LEARNING DISABILITY

General:

Dyscalculia:

Dysgraphia

Dyspraxia

Dyslexia

Agraphia, Alexia and Aphasia

anonymous asked:

So, I have a learning disability called dysgraphia and I feel like there are no solutions and I'm gonna end up doing nothing with my life, I'm not sure what to do

I know it must be tough dealing with your disability, but you shouldn’t let it limit you. Try to make it your motivation instead. Think, Yes, I have this learning disability but I have the power to use my other strengths in order to do my best in life. Don’t think of it as limitation but just an obstacle you can get through. 

I think you should look for support groups in your area for people who also have Dysgraphia or other learning disabilities. Seeing that there are others like you, and all of you can support each other and boost each other up will definitely help you feel more comfortable and motivated. Also, if you’re not already going through treatment that is something you should definitely consider. Ask your doctor about these things; treatment, support groups, etc. He/She should be able to inform you about places in your local area. Don’t be discouraged. If you get help, you could become a spokesperson; a role model, for people with learning disabilities to look up to in your community or even the nation. You could start a non-profit organization; just build a positive out of a negative. When you do those types of positive things, you will no doubt walk away from life being proud of it and appreciative of everything due to the impact it made on you as well as others.

At the end of the day you’ve got to realize that this life is way too short. There are some things that we cannot ever change, or things that won’t change for a long time. Those certain things we have to adapt to, we have to say, despite this, I’m going to live my life to the fullest; I’m going to make it a life worth living with the things that I do have. There’s so much we all take for granted, we don’t think that we could be any worse off but we can. So appreciate what you do have. If you don’t like where you are in life, you have to take action and be proactive. It’s going to get tough. But everyone has struggles. Take the time to work through them, it will always be worth it.

We wish you the best of luck & motivation,

–the Support Team. 

  • Me:yeah, I'm dyslexic and dysgraphic so I have to have extended time and use a laptop on my tests...
  • Person:what!? That's not fair. Why should you get an unfair advantage over me?!?
  • Me:but i...
  • (3 days later)
  • Person:*comes back on crutches*
  • Me:hey, what happened?
  • Person:I fell down stairs and broke my leg
  • Me:you know, I really don't feel comfortable with you getting to use those crutches
  • Person:what?!!
  • Me:I just don't see why you should get an unfair advantage over me
  • Person:but it's not giving me an unfair advantage, they doesn't make me walk better than you, they just allow me to walk at a level closer to my full ability by making up for an uneven playing field
  • Me:exactly
To all kids with learning disabilites

Even though it took you two times longer to finish the reading than the rest of the class - YOU’RE JUST AS INTELLIGENT, IF NOT MORE SO, THAN THOSE KIDS WHO FINISHED FASTER. Even though you have practically no memory of the lecture you just listened to - YOUR BRAIN WAS PROBABLY THINKING OF WAY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS, YOU’RE JUST AS INTELLIGENT YOUR BRAIN JUST ISN’T GREAT AT MULTITASKING. Don’t feel stupid if you have a learning disability, feel proud. Your brain is unique from all the others in the ways that it works. DON’T EVER FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T ACCOMPLISH AS MUCH, because you CAN, you just have to work way harder which in the end pays off so much more.

This is fascinating to me because I get to hear so many stories about teachers in Berkeley and their various attitudes about handwritten work.

Like, on one hand, the third-grade teacher who is the only teacher in the school who still teaches cursive… which is good, because studies seem to show that cursive does helpful things to our brain development that we don’t get otherwise. (Mind you, teaching cursive is also a real risky situation, because of the way it’s taught – just weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks of those worksheets where you have to write the same letters over and over. For so many students, especially a lot of people on the spectrum, it’s physically painful, and/or emotionally dispiriting if you don’t have the fine motor skills for it.)

But on the other hand, all the middle school teachers who require worksheets to be filled out by hand, and weekly posters to be hand-drawn (not for art class) and whatnot. The 12-year-old’s poster was on the kitchen table and got a grease spot on it, and he was saying that he COULD scan it in and print it out on clean paper… but he had already asked the teacher about scanning it in and coloring it on the computer, and she had put her foot down so hard and been like, that does not challenge your art skills, you need to be using your art skills.

Like… remember how art does not ever use computers, and if you draw or color on a computer you are no longer doing original art? Yeah. So he was afraid to even scan it in after hand-drawing it because he had been told if he used a computer for it he would automatically lose half the points for the assignment.

That’s less of a big deal, although it’s real objectionable to me as a sometimes graphic artist. All the endless worksheets, though, in his halting chicken-scratch that is only half-readable in the first place. It makes me think of an assignment last week that required them to list people, places, things, and ideas, and his list of one of each of those things (till I insisted he add more).

Like, not that he’s a particularly fast typist, but if he could be typing them and not pushing through the handwriting barrier, how much more might he do? Or, how much more easily might he do it? How much better might his work be if more of his mental resources were going to the actual work, and not to the act of holding and moving a pencil in such a way as to carve the shapes into the paper that someone might recognize as letters?

(For that matter, how much brighter might those students’ futures be as artists if they got to practice drawing AND practice finding public domain images, doing layout on a computer, using free online programs that are accessible to all of them? I would say that making them use a computer in the first place is an accessibility problem in general, but I believe they’re required to use it to type up their notes for the poster ANYWAY, so it’s not an additional barrier necessarily. And teaching them how to do the above would decrease the technological barriers that they face if they don’t have computers at home.)

It also reminds me of being told many times in school (mostly by other students) that my handwriting was illegible. I was like, IT IS NOT. IT IS VERY PRETTY. I don’t know what they saw in it that I couldn’t, but clearly something, because I got that feedback A LOT. (My teachers were far more polite than my fellow students, and probably a lot better at reading terrible handwriting, so I mostly got that feedback from my peers, rather than adults.)

Now that I use computers for nearly everything, my handwriting has really gone to seed and certainly IS illegible. And you know what? I don’t give a fuck, because I type way, way faster than I could EVER hope to write. Typing lets me actually keep up with my thoughts when I’m writing, instead of having to slow or halt my thought process while I get it all down and then forgetting what I was going to say halfway through and having to go back and figure it out. This is a tool, not a deficit.

Here is a sample of my handwriting when I take my time. With a lot of effort and no small amount of discomfort, I can make my handwriting legible. I can only write this way for a little while and then I become unable to write neatly and consistently.

DYSGRAPHIA

Here is a sample of my handwriting when I write without thinking. This also takes effort and is painful, but doesn’t require the same intense concentration and grip. The longer I write the worse my handwriting gets. If I keep writing like this, eventually even I won’t be able to read my handwriting any longer.

THANK YOU SO MUCH WHOEVER DID THIS.

Working with this not a matter of someone simply needing to practice their penmanship more or needing to take their time writing rather than rushing.

Whoever wrote this, I’m EXTREMELY impressed with the top writing sample.

I won’t speak for anyone else dealing with this, but I know that for me, to hand write something of the length of the “good” part of the writing sample and it to be “reasonably” legible to someone else, would take me at least ten minutes and as the handwriting in the sample mentioned, and for me it would look far worse than the “top” part of the sample, and it would be REALLY painful, because the amount of physical grip effort it takes to control a pen or pencil like that causes actual straining in the muscles in my hands and up my arm.

As for the second part of the sample, I’d easily say my own “real” writing is probably even worse than that, and still painful.

Also I’m really freaking in awe by the dedication is must have taken for the writer of this sample to learn to write in cursive with ANY degree of success, me and the one other person I’ve met dealing with this struggled for years at attempting (most recently for me in 2010) and can’t write in cursive AT ALL, and I’ve dealt with situations as an adult where it’s customary or expected to write in cursive and I’ve had to explain to professors and employers “sorry I literally can’t”.

Here’s a not very fun and possibly triggering example.

So imagine being in a math class, and the professor writes five problems on the board and asks the class to copy them down and solve them.

You’ve just barely written down the first of the five problems down slowly and carefully enough that at least YOU can probably figure out what you’ve written in the first place, and HOPEFULLY with all the actual correct numbers so you don’t get the wrong answer after all that work.

Just as you’re about to attempt to begin solving the problem, suddenly the teacher calls on you, asking you for the answer to the fifth problem (he’s already gone over ALL of the first four), and you’re totally in shock because you were so focused on writing down the first problem neatly enough for you to work on it (and act which physically hurt to do by the way), that you didn’t even notice the first three times the teacher called your name, and now you look like you were just daydreaming in class and ignoring the material.

And the teacher instead asks you to come to the chalkboard and solve the problem IN FRONT OF THE CLASS after already looking like you were goofing off and not even trying to do the work.

So then you get told by the teacher that YOUR PARENTS ARE GOING TO BE CALLED for you goofing off in class and that you have to spend lunch and recess in in-school-suspension because you failed to finish a math sheet with 20 multi-step problems on it that all the other students were able to do in a matter of minutes.

Oh, and the teacher gives out one of these math sheets nearly every day, which means you get sent to in-school-suspension ALMOST EVERY DAY and FREQUENTLY get calls home to your parents for failing math tests and not completing in class assignments.

Oh, and the punishment in school suspension is copying lines such as “I will not misbehave in class.” an indefinite number of times until recess was over.

So you get home AFTER ALL OF THAT, and to find an angry parent at home waiting for you, holding a leather belt in their hand, telling you to take your pants off, and asking you to tell them how many lashes you should get today for your “bad behavior” in the class room.

That’s what freaking dysgraphia is to me.

To my parent’s and teacher’s credit, once I was actually diagnosed with it at a university hospital, the manner in which both my school and my parents treated me took a total 180 and the work they did with me was EXTREMELY progressive and ahead of its time considering this was around 20 years ago, but yeah, its rough.

Sorry, didn’t mean to get all serious and deep about it.

Really I just wanted to comment on the handwriting sample.

Get points taken off an exam for illegible handwriting.  Teacher says “Stop rushing your work!”  This is your best handwriting.


This one applies to those of us with poor coordination or whom are ambisinister (like me). 

Credit:  Anonymous Submission