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Getting assessed for your dyspraxia, getting help, disability allowance etc.

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Post by Helenjohanna » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:17 am

I'm in shock. I went to the GP today to ask for a referral for a dyspraxia assessment. I was ready for a fight, but he simply said, "Yes, I can do that for you. Tell me more." Then he proceeded to type lots of difficulties I explained to him.

Then I had to ask him how to get back to reception. Haha!

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Post by Helenjohanna » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:02 pm

Tom, could you move this post to the assessment forum?

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Post by Helenjohanna » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:21 pm

My GP called me today to say that blood tests I had a week or so ago show deficiencies in fomate, vitamin D, and calcium. He says these deficiencies will be contributing to my problems, but he added that he appreciates that they won't be telling us the whole story.

He wants me to use supplements, then have another set of tests done in March. He then said that my dyspraxia assessment should have been done by then. Do you think this is wishful thinking on his part? I'd love for it to be done that quickly, but the NHS is normally extremely slow, isn't it?

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Post by Tom fod » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:34 am

Hi Helen

Have you received any specific details of when, whee and who is doing your assessment?

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Post by Helenjohanna » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:55 pm

Well, there is an occupational therapy unit at Bedford Hospital, so I'm assuming it will be there, but the GP didn't give any details, no.

Folic acid, yes. I think these are common deficiencies, and I've taken supplements in the past just because I felt like trying them, but I felt no different at all.

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Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:43 am

I tried the fish oil supplements - I forget the name right now - I never felt any benefit.

What I think helps is regular sleep and excercise - both of which are no longer part of my routine - so I find myself writing when I am tired and it is in the middle of the night - I rarely leave my home or do anything physically strenuous and crave the will to find the motivation to make urgently needed changes to my lifestyle.

We do tend to eat oily fish - which I suspect is as good as buying supplements.

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Post by lexi123 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:54 pm

I have found trying to get a dyspraxia assessment thru the doctors horrendous. I was referred to go to my GP by my college but I have waited an age for an assessment this way but my cousin is a GP and he said GPs regularly don’t put people thru for a medical referral as the consultants would be inundated and he said its much easier to get a referral for a child rather than anyone over 18. So frustrating so I have gone down the private route and found a really good person in Berkshire who assessed me for college - 3 hours assessment!!!! But she was so nice and her report was in language I could understand too not jargon like an EP!! So my advice would be to go privately so much less stress and I needed one quickly for college… all those years thinking I was different to others and now had a sensible diagnosis and my college said they will accept that private report and give me extra time for writing essays etc. So go for it and get it done soon rather than later…. Lexi

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Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:43 pm

lexi123 wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:54 pm
I have found trying to get a dyspraxia assessment thru the doctors horrendous. I was referred to go to my GP by my college but I have waited an age for an assessment this way but my cousin is a GP and he said GPs regularly don’t put people thru for a medical referral as the consultants would be inundated and he said its much easier to get a referral for a child rather than anyone over 18. So frustrating so I have gone down the private route and found a really good person in Berkshire who assessed me for college - 3 hours assessment!!!! But she was so nice and her report was in language I could understand too not jargon like an EP!! So my advice would be to go privately so much less stress and I needed one quickly for college… all those years thinking I was different to others and now had a sensible diagnosis and my college said they will accept that private report and give me extra time for writing essays etc. So go for it and get it done soon rather than later…. Lexi
That is interesting - what was the profession of your assessor and has your GP accepted it?

Welcome, lexi - thanks for joining us - I hope we hear more from you and that you are beginning to find useful information in the archive of posts in this forum

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Post by lexi123 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:04 pm

The professional was a specialist teacher in Berkshire who can do assessments for dyspraxia - for education purposes - which I needed for uni. She recommended I see my local occupational therapist who would assess and help with any fine motor problems I have. I needed a proper report for my degree course and specialist teachers can do assessments for dyspraxia she told me. It helped as she gave my uni lots of suggestions like a proper chair and ergo dynamic table for my study room at uni... great stuff.

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Post by lexi123 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:05 pm

Sorry forgot to say my GP had never heard of a specialist teacher but he is medical and she is educational but he was very interested to hear she could do reports for uni and when I showed him the report, he was impressed...onwards and upwards

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Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:33 pm

I am glad it worked out but the situation is very variable with lots of uncertainty.

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