First off, thank you from the dyspraxic chef to everyone that participated in the dyspraxic cooking survey and secondly. well done to all those dyspraxic’s who delve into the kitchen other than to drop an empty pizza box. Don’t worry if that’s you, with a bit of encouragement, anyone can cook.
The survey was put out there to try and find out about other adults living with dyspraxia and their kitchen adventures.
Dyspraxic cooking survey: The questions
It was not a scientific survey but I think the findings are insightful. The Dyspraxic chef wanted to know about the cooking habits and cooking ambitions of Dyspraxic people. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many get into the kitchen and how many actually enjoy doing so.
Dyspraxic cooking survey: The findings
Just over 55% of dyspraxic’s cook multiple times a week. The survey didn’t ask what kind of cooking is done, but that is an exceptionally high number for a group that have high tendencies to struggle with fine motor skills.
At the reverse end of the scale, just under 10% of those surveyed, never venture into the kitchen. 20% managed to rumble up some grub at least once a week.
The dyspraxic struggles
When asked what is the biggest challenge faced as a Dyspraxic in the kitchen, participants responded with very similar answers. The biggest challenge seems to be time management but motivation and inspiration rank highly, multi-tasking and organisation present obstacles as well for adults living with dyspraxia.
The survey highlighted that a lack of very basic fine motor skills is preventing a proportion of adults living with dyspraxia from cooking. Or at least preventing them from trying. I know first hand that at times cooking can be completely overwhelming, when it comes to dropping things and fire, (which ranked highly on the comments) so long as nobody is seriously hurt, you just have to laugh.
Encouraging Dyspraxic signs
Almost 66% of respondents wish they either could or would like to cook more often. 51% said that they would cook more often if they were provided with the support to do so. A statistic that could start a debate all of its own about the UK government’s stance on disability benefit.
Dyspraxic cooking survey: More questions need more answers
As with many answers come more questions. How many of the participants live alone? Do they have support? If 51%those surveyed would cook more often if they were provided with support maybe the 49% would be more inclined to do so if there was a clear idea of what support could be.
The big question for me is, what effect does a lack of cooking skills and support have on their wider health?
Dyspraxic cooking survey: Washing up
Asked on a scale of 1 – 10 how much dyspraxic’s hated the washing up, dyspraxic people gave surprisingly varied answers. But 30% say rated it between 7 – 9 out of 10 and 30% rated it ten. Much like myself on that one.
I always end up wet through one way or another.
Yours and hungry.
The dyspraxic chef