Is it really worth confirming I have dyspraxia?

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Is it really worth confirming I have dyspraxia?

Post by firemonkey » Wed May 29, 2019 3:06 pm

Some background: I am 62 and was recently diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome . The autism assessment report agreed I had signs pointing to dyspraxia NB clumsiness,bumping into things,poor gross and fine motor control, being disorganised and sometimes being confused with information that is given to me.

I am not sure what could be achieved by doing so above the level of help I currently get which acknowledges that I have difficulties with various activities of daily living.

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Re: Is it really worth confirming I have dyspraxia?

Post by allesandro » Thu May 30, 2019 2:09 am

firemonkey, we are the same age and I agree completely. I was determined to be tested about two years ago when I first found out about it, and then I thought for what? I even ran it by a psychiatrist who said,"well, it's a little late to be worried about it now." Granted he was a jerk, but at the end of the day I thought, he's right. what can it do for me now? I found out on my own through research, the same way I found out I had ADD in the 90's. Today everyone knows about ADD in the US, and lots of people carry the diagnosis and take meds for it, whether they have it or not.
However, I can assure you that outside of medical and clinical spheres, no one in the US has any idea of what dyspraxia is.
Anyway, I suppose my point is that at our age it's a little too late for testing, what would we hope to profit by it ?

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Re: Is it really worth confirming I have dyspraxia?

Post by Tom fod » Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:38 pm

I think quite a few people feel they need the vindication or a definite professional confirmation in order that they can wave it at others who have doubted or dismissed their self-assessed diagnosis.

If your opportunity for diagnosis was missed/overlooked, you've no doubt had a long battle to get by and this hasty have left you feeling like a stupid fish out of water. I think we have a definite tendency to be more harsh towards ourselves than others.

I think some people prefer to identify as Dyspraxic rather than having Autism and are suspicious and/or anxious about being categorised as 'on the spectrum' either way I think we can learn from all kinds of people and how they choose to define themselves in taking ownership of their label(s). We have our divergences but we also have things in common. I watched and enjoyed this interesting TED talk by Elisabeth Wiklander recently.

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Re: Is it really worth confirming I have dyspraxia?

Post by michael » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:37 pm

yes I think it is. I recently had a neuropsychological evaluation and found out that I have some comorbid conditions as well which makes things a lot clearer. I have also decided to remain in treatment with this provider. It's not easy, not at all. Nor is it easy to find out all of this stuff late in life but I think it's worth it

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