From ‘Clumsy child syndrome’ to ‘Dyspraxia’
Following on from my last blog post about awareness, I wanted to talk a bit more positively about how far awareness has come so far. Although there is not enough awareness at all about dyspraxia, it has still come a long way so hopefully it will go even further in the future.
In 1975 dyspraxia was identified as ‘clumsy child syndrome’. What a narrow view that was! There is so much more to it than that. Calling it ‘clumsy child syndrome’ suggests that children are simply clumsy and careless, which is certainly not the case. Secondly, the fact that ‘child’ is in the name would suggest that it only affects children. That’s not true either, it’s not something you can just grow out of!
The Dyspraxia Foundation has definitely made such a significant contribution to getting the awareness out there. It was founded in 1987 (then known as the Dyspraxia Trust) where two mothers met at Great Ormond Street hospital after being told that their children had dyspraxia. They were shocked to discover that nothing currently existed to help people or relatives of people with dyspraxia, so they set up the group to make a difference themselves.
With social media accounts and a very informative website, the Dyspraxia Foundation does so much to raise awareness. I’ve learnt so much more about my own disability from them too. There’s been things that I’ve done that I didn’t even realise were to do with dyspraxia until seeing it on one of their social media accounts.
There’s so many other blogs and youtube accounts out there too which people have created to raise awareness, and I have listed just a few of them below:
- ‘Know Dyspraxia’ – https://knowdyspraxia.wordpress.com/
- ‘Thinking outside of the cardboard box’ – http://thinkoutsideofthecardboardbox.blogspot.co.uk/
- ‘Diverse Learners’ – https://www.youtube.com/user/diverselearners
- ‘Phoebe Pace: Dyspraxia, Anxiety, Lifestyle’ – https://phoebepace.wordpress.com/
- ‘Jake Borrett’s Writing Blog’ – http://jakeborrett.blogspot.co.uk/
And talking about dyspraxia on the internet, I can’t forget the Dyspraxic Panda page on Tumblr (which can be found here: http://dyspraxicpanda.tumblr.com/) – my favourite meme!
So as you can see in this blog post, awareness has come a long way so far. Everyone is doing their bit to try to raise awareness, spreading the word a bit at a time!