About this blog.

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months. I created this blog to bring meaning to the often-confusing label. Sometimes I have answers. Other times, just more questions.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Asked and Answered

Now let's consider dyspraxia, which is often used interchangeably with developmental coordination disorder or DCD.

Send in the adults! Early on, I discovered this video "playlist", entitled "Dyspraxia and Me." Not kids. Adults. Yes, they exist!

See, in the UK the "dyspraxia" label has been around for quite some time. The medical community and the schools recognize it. DANDA, the Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association, provides support and awareness. Troll Amazon UK for books on dyspraxia and you'll find thousands, literally. Unlike SPD in the US, the "dyspraxia" label in the UK is evolved and accepted.

Why do I care? As I have blogged, I believe that "recovery" exists for PDD-NOS. To me, this means that the child met the diagnostic criteria and then at some future point ceased to meet the diagnostic criteria. Often this is referred to as "becoming indistinguishable from one's peers."

But I don't believe that PDD-NOS or SPD or DCD ever goes away. Rather, I believe that symptom severity decreases and it manifests itself in a different manner. And that's what I try, most often in vein, to wrap my brain around. What's left after the diagnosis goes away? Perhaps the video stream is a glimpse? Perhaps not, but at least it's something.

4 comments:

father of four said...

Thank you for posting these Laura. I watched a few of these videos and found them all pretty uplifting. I am so very proud of how well my son can ride his bike even though he has lots of spills. Now I have a few new acronyms to add to the growing list, DCD, NDD, etc. Cheers.

Laura said...

if only we lived in the UK...

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