Many people with autism also suffer from a comorbid disorder called dyspraxia, which is characterized by the inability to properly control motor function. It may result in poor handwriting, clumsiness, or other issues with performing daily tasks.
However, if you or someone you care about has dyspraxia, you should know that you’re not alone and that there are things you can do to help overcome this difficult condition. Dyspraxia may change the way you complete daily tasks, and nothing you do may ever “cure” you of it, but with practice and a little ingenuity, you’ll no doubt learn to navigate difficult activities with relative ease.
Check out the stories below, all written by Reddit users who have dyspraxia or are close to someone who does. You may find some interesting ideas to help you overcome your biggest dyspraxia-related obstacles.
(NOTE: Some comments have been edited for length or grammar errors.)
5. How to combat bullying
“I was bullied all my life because of dyspraxia. I was clumsy in a school where the coolest thing was to be good at sports. I said weird things and made bad jokes because I didn’t understand what was considered the ‘cool’ way to act. I always had a group of friends that kind of accepted me but more enemies than friends. I moved schools a lot and got sick of the same cycle of trying to find my group of friends, so I just gave up and became a recluse. I don’t think this is the healthiest option. Looking back, there were some people genuinely interested in my friendship and should’ve given them a chance, but definitely the most effective technique for the bullying was to completely ignore. Just say absolutely nothing and walk away. Get used to being alone, just be your own person and someone will want to be your friend.” —Reddit user brokenX2
4. Keeping goals in sight
“To be honest it feels frustrating, but I don’t like allowing it to be an excuse to get in the way of what I wanna do. I’m becoming a furniture hauler again very soon, and in the future, I strive to be a pilot. Maybe my goals will change 🙂 who knows. Didn’t really do well in school, I always find it difficult to focus on that stuff. But when I’m interested in something, I become a walking textbook. It certainly makes it difficult for others to understand my learning, for sure makes me nervous about the future, but it’s nothing I cannot overcome!” —Reddit user SILEIGHTY_F3V3R
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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?