Learning to drive with dyslexia & dyspraxia?

Learning to drive with dyslexia & dyspraxia? Topic: Case study of down syndrome
July 17, 2019 / By Calanthia
Question: I have dyslexia and dyspraxia and am struggling to learn to drive at the moment. I was wondering if other people with the same learning difficulties have struggled to learn to drive. At the moment I feel as if I will never learn to drive. atm learning to drive a manual because 'its cheaper to drive a manual' 'you'll be able to drive any car' - my mother's views not my own
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Alyce Alyce | 2 days ago
I failed my drivers license when I was 17 years old. I never went back for my drivers license until I was 22 years old. With a lot of practice and studying I did pass my drivers license the 2nd time. Can you ride a bicycle? Often people who ride a bicycle follow the traffic rules on the road. Ride the bicycle on the ride side, stop at every stop sign, park your bicycle as if you were going to park, do all the head checks, and Proceed. I think there are some rare cases of down syndrome adults getting their drivers license.
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Alyce Originally Answered: Any writers with dyspraxia or dyslexia?
Hi, I'm dyslexic. However, I was diagnosed at such a young age that I have trained my brain pretty well to work around it (diagnosed at 7, now I'm 25). The problems that I have with writing are technical. I spell words backwards, or parts of works, sometimes entire phrases and sometimes when I really get on a roll, I think I'm fantastic, but when I read over the things I've written it hardly makes any sense at all. So while my problems don't sound nearly so difficult as yours I do have issues because of my condition. I suppose the best advice I have for you is, as soon as you finish writing for the moment, take a break, not a long break because you may forget where you were going with it, but a little one, an hour, a day perhaps, and then read it back over to yourself, (reading out loud is helpful too) then make edits. It always helps to have someone look over your work. I can read something a hundred times over and still miss very obvious mistakes in what I've written. Instead of written notes have you consider using a voice recorder? A lot of modern cellphones have them built in or you could buy one. Record your notes that way first, when they occur to you, then take a break, go back to them and try to write them out, or just listen to them and try to write a scene. Also, I just wanted to say, any difficulties that I have aren't nearly so severe as they were when I first started writing, don't get discouraged, keep writing, over time you'll find yourself translating things from your mind with more ease. Hope this helped, best of luck to you!
Alyce Originally Answered: Any writers with dyspraxia or dyslexia?
I also have dyspraxia. Just be aware, though, that not everyone experiences dyspraxia in the same way. I am physically very clumsy and I struggle with certain types of information (timetables, logistics, directions, some - but not all - types of mathematical problem) but I don't have any problem whatsoever when it comes to putting information down on paper. I have absolutely no problems processing verbal or linguistic information whatsoever; in fact, I'm unusually good at it. I'm a professional writer and I am an exceptionally organised thinker when it comes to words. Transferring my thoughts into writing is, for me, the easiest thing in the world. I don't have problems expressing myself verbally in the sense that I don't struggle to order my words properly, but I do struggle to control the speed of my speech (I talk incredibly quickly) and am prone to stammering. Also, my handwriting is appalling. Your 'explanation' of dyspraxia is actually a bit misleading, as it only describes one facet of the condition, and it's a facet that many dyspraxics don't actually experience anyway. Not all dyspraxics have the same problems.

Vern Vern
i have very mild dyslexia and im currently learning to drive. im also learning in a manual pretty much for the same reasons as you are but also here in the UK (i dont know where your from) if you learn in an automatic once you pass you can only get an automatic car you cant drive a manual,but if you learn in a manual you can get an automatic once you pass. i dont struggle to much at school but when im driving the bits i find the hardest is remembering what gear im actually in when it comes to changing it, then when it comes to changing it the coordination of doing the pedal the stick controlling the car looking where im going and then getting the right amount of gas once its in gear. i also struggle to remember what ive learnt the week before even though i know it, it just takes a while for me to bring it back to memory. apart from that i dont struggle to much. im trying to believe in myself a bit more to give me the confidence i need and to kind of reassure myself that i CAN drive it just might take me a little bit longer than everyone else. Im hoping to pass my test first time which would be a great achievement, if not then its not the end of the world, just got to keep trying
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Ronny Ronny
i also have dyslexia. my sister also does. she passed after about eight tests. loads of lessons. i hear you can have special dyslexic lessons. have you tried automatic? that is what i am gonna go for. good luck!!
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Ronny Originally Answered: Is it possible to start developing dyslexia/dyspraxia at age of 18?
There are two forms of both dyslexia and dyspraxia: developmental and aquired. Developmental dyslexia or dyspraxia is likely present from birth, and presents itself in early childhood. Dyslexia is most often diagnosed a couple years into elementary school as the child's difficulties learning to read and write become increasingly apparent. However, there are certain warning signs that can be observed in children as young as 2 or 3 involving their particular pattern of language aquisition and motor skills, indicating that the developmental differences emerge quite early in life. Developmental dyspraxia is often apparent in very young children since it effects skills that are aquired begining in early childhood. Both dyslexia and dyspraxia can be aquired as the result of a traumatic brain injury at any point of life. That includes phyical injuries to the head, and also strokes, hemorrages, and anything else that can cause lesions in the brain. If you've suffered a traumatic brain injury, you'd probably know about it, and it's unlikely that your symptoms would worsen over time. The symptoms you described sound very much like the symptoms of a very common disorder amoung teens and young adults known as *sleep deprivation*. Make sure you're getting enough sleep. If you're routinely getting significantly less than 7-8 hours of sleep per night, then sleeping more might fix everything. If you're getting enough sleep, and still having the symptoms you described, then I suggest you see a doctor ASAP. These symptoms could be indicative of any number of neurological conditions, many of which are highly treatable, but all of which require medical intervention. It's important that you seek medical treatment as quickly as possible because there are some number of conditions that are treatable, but can result in progressively increasing amounts of perminant brain damage if left untreated.

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