19 Symptoms Of Dyspraxia That Aren’t Just “Being Clumsy”

4. If You Are Clumsy, You’ve Always Been That Way

If you do have dyspraxia, you were born with it — so if you’re suddenly a lot more clumsy than usual, that may not point to a developmental disorder.

Dole explains what it feels like to be a child who has dyspraxia. “Think about this situation — if every time you watched a classmate in gym class run up to kick a ball, it was done with great precision, power, and coordination … And every time you tried, it was [as] if you were doing it for the first time.” She continues: “Your body doesn’t quite know how fast to move, when to move, how to speed up or slow down, how much force to use, in what sequence the motions should take place … All of these things seem like they were magic for the other children.”

That said, it’s entirely possible that a person with dyspraxia can become less clumsy over time. As psychologist Sylvia Moody writes for The British Journal Of Medical Practice: “Adults with dyspraxia often have improved their motor coordination skills over the years … Their chief difficulties in education and employment are more likely to be related to the cognitive aspects of dyspraxia.” Think: organizational skills, doing things in sequence, and timekeeping.

5. It’s Hard For You To Hold Things

Maybe you drop your iPhone all the time, or you constantly spill beverages. I have a thriving collection of Tide pens for when I spill something on myself. Thing is, I’m always losing said Tide pens, so now I just pick them up at Rite-Aid like some people pick up Tic-Tacs.

Which brings me to…

6. You Just Lose Things All The Time

A part of me is convinced that, somewhere, there’s an alternate universe where all of my pens, books, earrings, T-shirts, and iPhone cords live.

7. You’re Particularly Sensitive To Noise, Touch, or Light

Lots of people with dyspraxia are hyper-sensitive to particular sensations: touch, new clothes, noise, bright lights. Some experts view dyspraxia as a subset of Sensory Processing Disorder, which is broadly defined as a struggle to process sensory information — whether it’s holding objects, being in a moving vehicle, or the feel of certain fabrics against your skin.

t’s thought that people with dyspraxia are more easily overwhelmed by what’s pummeling their senses, making them more vulnerable to panic attacks. (I often get anxious in loud restaurants.)

Which is partly because…
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