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Musical5352
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Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby Musical5352 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:51 am

So I was diagnosed with dyspraxia last week (im 18). So I'm still kind of learning what can be helped with therapy and stuff but I was wondering if my awkwardness could be helped. Other people always say I'm really awkard and until last week I've been hoping to grow out of my awkardness or I'm wondering would occupational therapy help this or will I be kind of awkard for life. Also would I need a few years of thearpy be needed. Like I'm not social awkward just my movements are.Thanks.

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Re: Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby Tom fod » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:23 am

Apologies for delay in responding, Welcome to our community and positive to hear that at least you do not feel socially awkward, often being constantly told off or mocked can have a less than positive impact

If your difficulties with fine or gross motor control are having a paticularly detrimental effect an your day to day activities than an OT or Physiotherapist may be able to give you exercises to help you compensate, equally you will learn to give less of a toss about others's unhelpful comments/observations as you find your way and gain confidence

Be open to others suggestions but be aware that while we're a bit different in our ways/approach this can be positive as we can stumble across important discoveries/find solutions that hadn't occurred to others
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Re: Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby Jakey » Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:12 am

I find that taking part in activities that require good co-ordination can be very helpful. I play basketball (though I'm not very good at it) and train boxing, and I can see how I have slowly improved over time with my speed and movement. I'm still hella awkward, like when I dribble or shoot a basketball it still appears and feels stiff or exaggerated but the efficiency and quickness of it has developed.

My neurologist said that picking up a sport can be very beneficial particularly if it has emphasis on coordination and awareness - and honestly boxing is probably the best one to help that.

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Re: Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby morgank82 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:27 pm

Hey jakey, Tom nailed it or or i agree with him on his comment.
Actually I am currently seeing an ot specialist for my akwardness for social anxiety that plays with dyspraxia a lot. I am starting to find I might have spd that would make sense to have under despraxia and that might cuz my anxiety to take over. It's not written in stone but ot will help a person in on situations and routines.
Sleep
Eating
Day routines
Scheduling
Being on time in the moment
Socailizing
Fine motor skills
And behavior traits.

Even though if they are not educated on dyspraxia they can still work with u to let u know or be more confident in daily routines or help u make up routines so u don't feel u can't do it. Pretty much they open a gate to your processing skills physical and mental properties.

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Re: Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby JessB90 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:34 pm

Replying to an old post here ..

Just a thought on the matter -

Sensory circuits can be really useful.
Starting the day with a small activity involving physical movements like a mini obstacle course to get your body aligned into space and give you some proprioceptive feedback O:)
If this is too complicated and not practical for daily life, 10 minutes of yoga in the morning works wonders to ground you and bring you into the now as well.

Personally, if I am feeling a little clumsy some days I will spend a few minutes doing some light exercise - stretching, neck rolls, finger to nose touching practices, walking along a line (like you see them do in films to prove they are sober haha!)
Any movements and actions which cross the midline of your body will gradually give you better awareness of your body in space, and hopefully give you more confidence in yourself with your movements when around others.

Best of luck you will do fab O:) :)

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Re: Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby Tom fod » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:12 am

Ram posted about the Original Strength programme and you can find his post in the following thread
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5794&p=31732&hilit=crawling#p31732
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Re: Dyspraxia and awkwardness

Postby Chrido81 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:20 pm

I've never been able to quite deal with my social awkwardness for some 13 or so years, and I've been diagnosed for 18 years.

I GUESS for 5 years I could deal with bars, public places etc better then because I was younger and less aware of my dyspraxia. These days I wont tend to go out unless I'm with people who are aware and sympathitic to my anxiety, and only ever to my favourite bars, places etc.

I've had relationships before but now I seem to struggle.

Nowadays, I find breaking ice with potential friends quite difficult. I swear people think I don't like them because I fidget and seem distracted. So their awkwardness makes me more awkward.... yeah, not good ](*,)


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