A – Z of Living with Dyspraxia L is for
L is for Learning disability
What did the dyspraxic say to the teacher after the teacher gave the explanation a second time?
One more time please and I should understand it.
(I know these dyspraxic jokes are terrible)
Dyspraxia has been known as a learning disability or learning difficulty, That is only part of the story though. Take the bad joke, for example, I am trying to highlight what it is like when as an adult living with dyspraxia when trying to learn or retain information.
That I feel, is one of the biggest challenges I have faced as a child and adult living with dyspraxia. Learning has always been a challenge, one that I overcome but it requires patience and determination. And not only from the person living with dyspraxia but the people around them.
It isn’t the only challenge though, dyspraxia affects all aspects of life not only the learning environment. That’s why I make a conscious effort to refer to dyspraxia and other conditions that fall under the seem banner, as neurological conditions, not learning disabilities.
Is dyspraxia a learning difficulty?
I was asked a simple question. Is dyspraxia something to do with learning? Yes, was my reply. Is it that simple though? No? Does it affect anything else? Yes? Like what? Err?
Take poor organisation and time management for example. Two things that would from the get go, make it difficult to study independently, but they also make difficult to wake up on time, cook, clean, pay bills, shopping, money management, keeping appointments.
Listing it like that makes me think getting a degree is easy and it is keeping the house clean and trying to find a matching pair of socks that is hard.
At the risk of rambling, I also ask you to consider dyspraxic people’s tendencies to have poor gross and fine motor skills. Trying to get somewhere on time and in one piece is an achievement in its self.
I recently had an interview and took the bold step of wearing a white shirt. I arrived early and with the shirt still pristine. I didn’t get the job but who cares, I got there early and kept a bright white shirt clean.