Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dyspraxia and learning to drive

So I planned to take part in Blogtober '17 - blogging everyday and linking up to HexMumBlog. However, such is my life at the minute it is now day three and this is the first post I have written!

Time seems to be slipping away rather quickly  and I am not the most organised person, in fact it is thanks to the dyspraxia - lack of organisation is one of many traits/symptoms.  There are many symptoms and signs - poor organisation, poor posture and fatigue, poor coordination to name just a few.

Bizarrely I didn't even know I was dyspraxic until I was in my thirties and ready to drop out of uni.  As a child I was the clumsy one, the one that needed to pay more attention in school, the daydreamer, the child that never managed to finish their work, the one that couldn't throw or catch a ball so was never picked for teams or was always the last person to be picked.  Even as a mature student who struggled so much, I thought I was stupid, I couldn't concentrate, write fast enough, my short term memory was quite shocking, note taking during lectures just never happened - I can not write, and listen at the same time. I was so luckily that one of the counsellors at college was aware of dyspraxia and managed to persuade me to stay - I will forever be grateful to that college counsellor. 

I saw an educational psychologist and the rest is history as they say.  A little help in the right places and some extremely helpful software, the person that left school with only 3 GCSE's at grade C (I did achieve a couple more later on) managed to earn a Certificate of Higher Education with Merit in computer programming and is now studying for a physics degree!

But do you know what I can't do? I can't drive...I am 38 years old and I just can't drive! I have tried, many times, never even got as far as test day which I guess is no surprise considering it took me three attempts to pass my cycling proficiency all the way back in primary school, no really, it actually did!  Every driving lesson I took, my brain could not compute how to change gear, signal, stop, go forward, clutch, gas at the same time and don't even get me started on which is left and which is right....

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But I do plan to learn, I will learn.  I will one day get my old style volkswagon beetle that I lust after! After my diagnosis (I am a little loathe to call it a diagnosis - it's not an illness after all - but just can't think of another word to use), I found the Dyspraxia Foundation site - a wonderful resource both for the person who has dyspraxia and those in that persons life - teacher, parent etc.

The site gives a number of useful tips for adults with dyspraxia who wish to learn to drive (and for many other scenarios in life). 

Some of the tips suggested for the adult with dyspraxia who wishes to learn to drive:

  • Learning in an automatic car rather than a manual, this would remove one element of struggle.
  • For the written element, it is OK to ask for extra time.
  • Look for schools that cater for learner drivers with disabilities 
For futher information about learning to drive with dyspraxia I would highly recommend checking out Dyspraxia Foundation - Driving with Dyspraxia page.

The site is also a useful resource for many other situations for you or your child (my eldest is also dyspraxic) may encounter.



  1. This is really interesting. My son has high functioning autism and dyspraxia. I hope you do get to drive one day! Good Luck!! #Blogtober17

  2. There is some really good advice here! We think my daughter may have dyspraxia, so I shall bear this all in mind as she gets older!

  3. My husband is dyspraxic and dyslexic and didn't get diagnosed until his mid-thirties either. We are also monitoring our kids for signs and we think our youngest may also have dyspraxia. I totally agree that the Dyspraxia Foundation is a fantastic resource too.

  4. Thank you for sharing very little is said about dyspracxia in mainstream media.
    Could I ask does it affect insurance and do you have to declare my sister is autistic (I know it is different) but I wondered if you had an insight on general rules