Even the basics of everyday life can be a tremendous struggle for people who have Dyspraxia.
Often the simplest and most straightforward ideas will make a difference to their quality of life. For example:
- Lay out clothing layer by layer, underwear on top
- Avoid tight neck-holes
- Buy trousers with elasticated waist - saves fiddling with buttons and zips
- Trousers pleated at the front makes identifying 'the right way round' easier
- Shirt collars one size larger than fits are easier to fasten
- Baggy t-shirts and shorts are easy and comfy
- Use a flexible straw with a drink to prevent spilling
- Don't fill cups too full
- Use a damp towel under plates to stop them moving
- Sit down to eat where possible
- Keep to a daily routine
- Post-It® pads stuck at eye level on doors are useful reminders
- Transparent purses and pencil cases let you see the contents easily
- Keep keys and purses on a long chain which clips to clothing
Members of the Dyspraxia Foundation share their tips for minimising the impact of dyspraxia on daily life through local groups and through the Foundation's newsletter, Midline.
The Foundation also sells books which include handy tips for everyday living.
Dyspraxia: The Hidden Handicap - by Amanda Kirby
Includes chapters on helping children to acquire everyday skills; coping with growing up; and gaining independence as an adult.
Living with Dyspraxia - by Mary Colley and the Dyspraxia Foundation Adult Support Group
Is written for teenagers and adults with dyspraxia. It is full of tried-and-tested practical advice from others with dyspraxia on personal organisation, life at home, college and work. Life Skills includes practical information to help all who have Specific Learning Difficulties.