Living with Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults with Developmental Dyspraxia

By Mary Colley | Go to book overview

Chapter 2
ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS
AND TREATMENT

If you have read the symptoms of dyspraxia in
Chapter 1 and thought, ‘That’s me!’, you may be
asking yourself, ‘How can I find out if I really have
dyspraxia? If so, what can I do about it?’

There are several paths to assessment and diagnosis and a range of treatments and therapies which can alleviate the various manifestations of dyspraxia.

If you think you could have dyspraxia, you may want this self-assessment confirmed through assessment and diagnosis by an expert in the field. It can be a great relief to be diagnosed as having a known medical condition. Diagnosis can put people in touch with facets of themselves and help them to understand their actions in the past.

For many people, diagnosis is an important step towards obtaining practical help with everyday living. If the condition is severe enough, they can also receive assistance in getting the disability benefits to which they may be entitled (see Appendix 1).

Other people may want to confirm their self-diagnosis for their own peace of mind and to start to investigate ways to overcome specific difficulties that their dyspraxia causes.

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