I have been thinking of posting this thread for a while, but wasn't sure about posting but then with some encouragement I decided to post it.
I have a learning disability. I have dyspraxia. I have had it my whole life and I have learnt to deal with things differently.
It affects me in the sense that it takes me a lot longer to complete tasks, so paperwork at work is difficult for me, and I have no time awareness or space awareness, which means that I have to leave more time to get to places and I am usually always falling over or bumping into things. Am I seen to be 'clumsy' to others? I'm not sure but I often worry about how other see me
I struggle with my emotions and I will have good and bad days. I take things quite literally so if someone says something to me, as a joke, I will take it personally. I also don't like change, and if plans are changes at the last minute I don't deal with this very well.
I have really poor concentration so I can't really focus on anything for a long period of time without getting 'bored', and I forget things quite easily so I have to write things down. It's like at work if I am told to go and get some paint, then glue, then some paper, and then go to another room and ask a member of staff something, I will only remember the "get some paint" I wont remember anything else.
Everyday I have to face tasks that are quite hard for me and it upsets me that I can't do these tasks as easy as other people could. Sometimes I don't really like the person I am and feel pretty alone. I cope because I have to.
I guess the point of this thread is to see if others have had similar experiences with learning difficulties and how you have coped, I am not moaning about having dyspraxia. I always remember this quote
Think ability not disability
This quote is personal to me as it is something my maths tutor used to always say to me when I was doing my maths qualification for my level three in Childcare. It has always stuck with me cos it's something that meant a lot to me when I was really struggling with the learning. So it's pretty personal to me, it helped me through when I just wanted to quit.