About me

Hello! I’m Alice and I’m a 27 year old young woman from the North East of England.

I really love writing, which is basically why I decided to start this blog, but when I’m not writing, I’m working as a youth worker and playing my fiddle (although not as much as I’d like to)

When I was three I was diagnosed with a condition called Dyspraxia, that has had a massive impact on my life but has also made me very creative- it isn’t all that bad! In February 2015, I decided to create this blog, that has become known as alittlemoreunderstanding. The name is very important as that is what I aim to do- create a greater understanding of Dyspraxia for my friends, family and people who may be going through similar situations. I feel that myself and others have and will constantly be misunderstood because of this label. Throughout school, university and work life there is and will remain a constant misunderstanding of Dyspraxia and specific learning difficulties until someone confronts and challenges it. I believe in the value of understanding the person behind the label before focussing on their medical diagnosis- many people in society miss this bigger picture. It’s important for me to share my experiences and educate people about what actually having a diagnosis of Dyspraxia means. So as well as writing as much as I can, being a youth worker and playing my fiddle- I focus on Dyspraxia advocacy and raising awareness of the condition. I do this by writing about it but also through coordinating a local Dyspraxia support group that I have recently set up and speaking about my own experiences. I dream of a world where people aren’t misunderstood because of a diagnosis but they are accepted and valued for who they are. I aim to convey to you that having a diagnosis of Dyspraxia (or any other SpLd) can be a really positive thing.

 

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8 Responses to About me

  1. hubbard says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. It is really nice to see how you are helping other people with your blog. My son has Dyspraxia and some of your struggles have been so
    similar to his struggles. We live in Canada where it is a fairly unheard of over here, so it took two years for a diagnosis. When we told people what it was they had no clue what it is and because it is invisible difference it is hard to explain to others what it means to have Dyspraxia . Each child is very different and one box does not fit all…..my son also has auditory processing as an added challenge!!! But he is strong for the most part with the odd hiccup now and again. He also has the most amazing perserverance We are so very proud of him and are amazed at how he overcomes hidden obstacles every day of his life. Please keep blogging as I will be able to share this with my son as he gets older too.
    Thank you

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    • Thank you for your comment. Its always good to hear feedback from those who have benefitted from reading my blogs. I agree everyone is unique individuals, so explaining how Dyspraxia affects someone personally can be quite a challenge. I also think that It is important to highlight all of the positives that Dyspraxia can bring. I wish your son all the best, I’m sure with time he’ll develop his unique set of coping strategies, gaining a diagnosis is just the beginning of a journey to understand how you can work together with Dyspraxia. Thank you for your feedback once again and so good to know that my blog has travelled as far as Canada!

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  2. Thank you for writing this blog, my son has Dyspraxia and it has been very useful reading about your experiences. Good luck.

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  3. Eileen flood says:

    Hi there thanks for writing your blog! I have a 10 yr old who is really struggling at the moment! I would really appreciate some advice( please email if that’s appropriate!)

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  4. Mary-anne says:

    Hi, I’ve just come across your blog. My 19 year old daughter has a diagnosis of dyspraxia and ASD. She has just completed the 1st year of her Youth Work degree. Great to see that you are achieving and working along that testing path! Inspiring.

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