Some students I work with have co-occurring difficulties. Here, one student shares her experience of growing up and studying with dyslexia and dyspraxia:
"Its 5 am, I jump out of bed!! Where am I and where am I
supposed to be!!??
At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia!!!
Just at the beginning of my degree
As a child I was the happiest girl ever, singing, friendly and
outgoing, always out with friends. School was a chore – my
long-suffering mother attended parents’ eve, ‘she’s thick’. My
elder sister was a straight A student and thrived on learning!
The exhaustion is probably the worst trait alongside no
concentration, poor working memory and would trip over my
own feet! Lists were made, folders created but never used or
lost. A lack of linking information makes small talks and jokes
impossible! My verbal diarrhoea outbursts of random sentences
can be embarrassing! My clumsiness and poor clothing choice
and endless packed bags with everything in except what I
need!! I was the comedian of the staff room without even trying.
Despite all my barriers, I am funny and still have many friends
and I scraped through a degree!!! My long-suffering tutor is still
So, I’m generally asleep by 8 pm, cat napping on the sofas, I’m
either late or early, never on time, but I’m me!
My brain aches, tiny chores tip me over the edge, mis read
work, speak outload when I should keep in my mouth! People
can’t finish their sentence as I but in constantly.
So, we can take the positives or negative and I’m still the same.
I’m not curable and won’t grow out of this!
I still remember the rose bush incident, I landed, whilst learning to ride a bike,
taking years!!! My poor mum using the tweezers to pull out
each thorn! My dressing gown caught fire whilst wearing it and
broken my cheek, arm and many more bones and hospital
visits. Exhausted is an understatement. Anxiety creeps In and I
BUT, I scraped a degree and my mum was the
proudest mum in the audience."
If you'd like to share your experience of co-occurring difficulties, please comment on the forum.