Degree with Dyspraxia and Dyslexia!

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

sane!


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

fall apart.


BUT, I scraped a degree and my mum was the

proudest mum in the audience."



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