The D word

This evening I wanted to discuss a rarely discussed topic: dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder. Here are some interesting facts:

  • Daniel Radcliffe (Actor)
  • Cara Delevingne (Model, Actress and Singer)
  • Florence Welch (Singer)
  • David Bailey (Photographer)

The above famous people have dyspraxia, as do I. I wasn’t diagnosed until studying towards my MA.

I want to share this because the d word doesn’t need to hold us back. It means we are different and can think differently. I describe myself as ‘out of the box’. There is a lot of hope in having any condition that makes us different, because it makes us special and unique. This is to be celebrated.

Today’s second hope recipe is to always celebrate those who do things differently X

References:

https://www.understood.org/~/media/344cfa2676c04406bd383c870c0b372e.png (accessed 18/10/2020)

(accessed 18/10/2020)

Published by hope2020exchangingdisappointmentforhope

I am a qualified social worker and run a community project for vulnerable adults. I am passionate about social justice. I feel that every life matters. No-one is insignificant or invaluable. I also believe that everyone has the power to change, although some may not wish to. Essentially, I believe in hope. Hope Wells is my writing name.

6 thoughts on “The D word

  1. I love this post on Dyspraxia; thank you! I have dyspraxia (though it was never diagnosed and I carried a heavy weight for my “differentness” at school). And my son definitely does – we called in an educational psychologist, when he was six, and not prospering at school.

    Both he and I were “outstandingly gifted” academically,. For me in the 1960s there was a price to pay for this in terms of bullying. But I recovered enough to get a PhD in plant genetics, and to campaign for recognition that my shy, clumsy child was in fact highly able (he could read fluently at 3; couldn’t write till he was about 6), nor could his dad at same age).

    We bought a BBC Micro computer in the 1980s to help with his dexterity. And persevered with supporting his skills unobtrusively, while carrying a torch for all gifted childen at the five schools he attended. He is now a senior software engineer writing code for a young ethical company, and has won awards for his skills.

    I’m a poet and life-writing companion, and love celebrating diversity in all its forms. Thank you for rappreciating *your own splendid out-of-the-box-ness*. And for being such an articulate advocate for others, for whom D is for Delightful and Differently Wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much for your amazing response to my post. I have battled with feeling different and excluded most of my adult life, but now I embrace difference and try to advocate for those of us unique individuals who see the world through another lens.

      I feel as if I have found a kindred spirit. I love your eloquent writing which is evocative, rich and beautiful. Please keep commenting and also a huge thank you for reblogging my post X

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      1. Hugs back to you friend & kindred spirit XXX and thank you for joining writingpresence.com as well. I admire your work so much and enjoy the freshness, energy, and hope-inspiration of your writing. And you enabled me to practise re-blogging for the first time (no idea whether I “did it right”!) That helped me out, as I was mega busy, sand risking missing my target of posting every week. So, { hugs } to you!

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