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Coping with Dyspraxia & Dyslexia? - July 1st 2011, 10:41 PM

So at the start of this week, after months if tests and assessments, I have been told I have dyspraxia and dyslexia.

I'm finding this hard to come to terms with.
I know it isn't the worse thing in the world and I understand that there are people out there with worse things than this.

My problem with it is, I am starting University in September and I have gone through High School and College struggling with all of the symptoms of these problems and finding my own ways of dealing with them. It has been hard but I have still manage to come out of college with 2 merits and a pass.

I have always been an independent person when it comes to my work. I don't like to admit I struggle because I don't like having help. I have had to apply for DSA (disability student allowance) which will mean when I start uni k will be going to weekly sessions with a dyslexia professional, so that they can go over my work and tell me of any errors there is.

I know this shall help me a lot but the thought of it scares me. As I said, I'm an independent person and I don't like the thought of having help. I have struggled with it for the past 7 years and I have always found my way around things.

I just don't know what to make of it all really...


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Re: Coping with Dyspraxia & Dyslexia? - July 2nd 2011, 10:46 AM

I also have dyspraxia. I have recently taken up karate and its really helping my balance. It don't change who you are. It is simply an answer to a few things.



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Re: Coping with Dyspraxia & Dyslexia? - July 2nd 2011, 12:40 PM

Hey there,

I don't know much about these things, but I knew someone who had both of what you have, and I know plenty of people with dyslexia. I understand why you'd be feeling this way but honestly, the people who are there to help will only help as much as you want them to. Indapendence isn't a bad thing, and I'm sure they'll accept that you want to do things on your own. But, the way I see it is, a little bit of extra judgement can't hurt. You don't need them to do it for you, but them checking over it may help you a bit to learn, not just deal with the problems.

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Re: Coping with Dyspraxia & Dyslexia? - July 3rd 2011, 06:27 PM

Hey Laura

I understand where you are coming from, I wasnt diagnosed with dyspraxia until I was about 16, so I had learnt to live with it, in my own wee way. I was very independent and never liked to admit that I was having problems, or struggling, even though my parents and teachers knew I was.

Once I was diagnosed, I got the help I needed, but never wanted to admit I needed it. I got extra time in exams, you may also be eligible for this, so definitely look into it. The professional will be there to help you, not judge you or criticise you. Getting help will benefit you and in time, you will get used to it, even though it may feel a bit strange at first.

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