What is verbal dyspraxia and do I have it?

Why blog about verbal dyspraxia?

We all know the feeling, the word you’re trying to find is on the very tip of your tongue. For people living with verbal dyspraxia, it is a feeling they know only too well.

I decided to write this post because I didn’t know a lot, if anything, about verbal dyspraxia. So, I reached out to Mikey of Mikey’s Wish, who very kindly provided plenty of information about verbal dyspraxia. And that made me realise, I tick quite a few symptoms off the verbal dyspraxia symptoms checklist.

What is verbal dyspraxia and do I have it?

What is verbal dyspraxia and do I have it?


First off, it is known by different names. In the UK, it is known as articulatory dyspraxia or developmental verbal dyspraxia. In the USA it is commonly known as apraxia of speech.

But to answer the question. What is verbal dyspraxia and do I have it? Verbal dyspraxia is a Neurological condition that prevents the forming of clear speech. And can often, but not always, overlap with types of global dyspraxia, making me think, maybe I do have it?

Verbal dyspraxia is a Neurological condition that prevents the forming of clear speech.

Does verbal dyspraxia affect food?

I have always had an issue with the texture of food. I still do, but my pallet for different texture is growing as I get older. But given that verbal dyspraxia affects the functioning of the month and tongue it must surely affect the way that the senses receive the texture and taste of food. I can’t help but reflect and think that the prison-like school dinners of the 1990’s did not help my relationship with the texture of food.

What is verbal dyspraxia and do I have it?school

The dyspraxic chef ask’s Mikey’s Wish

I asked Mikey (Mikey’s Wish raises awareness about verbal dyspraxia) about his relationship with food and he said he had no sensory issues with food and would try anything once. With me, it has to smell right and look right before I dip my fork into anything.

During our conversation, Mikey raised some important points about verbal dyspraxia. He highlighted the importance that our society puts on people’s ability to speak correctly and that people living with verbal dyspraxia in some cases require extensive speech therapy. Verbal dyspraxia shares some overlapping symptoms with other kinds of dyspraxia. These include but are not exclusive to, planning, processing speed, word finding, sequencing and it can affect the ability to read and write. This fast paced world we live in doesn’t always consider people that might need a little more time to process what is around them.

What is verbal dyspraxia and do I have it? Yes, I think so.

Through my research for this post, I have realised that I have had and still have some verbal dyspraxic tendencies. They are not what they were, but it certainly puts things in perspective considering I studied performing arts and broadcast radio. But it made me feel better about the times I struggle with speech. But as with the cooking, my learning about dyspraxia goes on.

A big thank you to Mikey’s Wish for helping with this post. Keep up the good work.

Yours and Hungry,

The dyspraxic chef.

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Delicious Dyspraxic Chicken Jalfrazi

Dyspraxic chicken jalfrazi, doesn’t that sound delicious?  I may have mentioned this before. One thing I miss about England is the food.  In particular, I love curry and pretty much any curry, but when my Dutch friend Imran invited me to his place for a chicken jalfrezi, I offered my services as dyspraxic sous chef services and he duly accepted.

Dyspraxic menu | dyspraxic chicken jalfrezi

Dyspraxic chicken jalfrezi is on the menu tonight and here is what you will need.Dyspraxic Chicken jalfrezi ingredients | the dyspraxic chef

  • jalfrezi spices/powder
  • half a cup of oil
  • rice
  • peppers and onions
  • yogurt
  • tomato puree
  •  Chicken or cheese

What to do | dyspraxic chicken jalfrezi

To make it easier to read, I will bullet point all the dyspraxic action it will take to make this delicious dyspraxic chicken jalfrazi.

  • Slice chicken and remove all fat (be patient and take plenty of time) * top tip – use sharp clean scissors
  • add the chicken to a bowl of water to clean
  • marinate the chicken in spices and yoghurt
  • Cook the chicken in a pan with half a cup of sunflower oil on medium high heat
  • prepare the rice to boil
  • Take the chicken and add the puree and add more spice if needed
  • chop and add the veg (be patient and take plenty of time) 
  • Leave the pan on a low heat for around 20 minutes.

As always, there is no need to stick to the recipe for dyspraxic chicken jalfrezi add and remove as you see fit. Leave to cook on low heat with the key to knowing it is cooked it when the chunks of onion have separated and are soft.

Dyspraxic sous chef

I got off lightly today with the cooking, I did some slicing, which involved all its usual issues. But, I did learn how to make a dyspraxic chicken jalfrezi, which I am sure I will be eating again very soon.

Too hungry to take a picture

I got that excited about eating, I forgot to take a picture. I know it seems to be the trend to picture food and not one I love, but this is a cooking blog.  A true dyspraxic moment. Here is a picture of an empty pan. Dyspraxic Chicken jalfrezi empty pan | the dyspraxic chef

It was delicious, though, so a big thank you to Imran for accommodating the dyspraxic chef.

Yours and Hungry,

the dyspraxic chef.

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