Living with Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults with Developmental Dyspraxia

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Appendix 5
ADULT DEVELOPMENTAL DYSPRAXIA
(DCD) QUESTIONNAIRE

Introduciton

The purpose of this questionnaire is to serve as a screening tool for developmental dyspraxia in adulthood. Its aim is simply to give an indication of whether somebody might have developmental dyspraxia. It is not intended to replace a full diagnostic assessment by a qualified professional.

I have been asked by teachers, universities, employers, trade unions and dyspraxics themselves for such a checklist. It is based to some extent on existing checklists for adult dyslexia and dyspraxia, but is much more detailed. The questions are based on ten years of experience of working with adult dyspraxia and speaking to adult dyspraxics on the helpline and in person.

The great detail of this questionnaire means it is likely to provide a more accurate assessment. For example, it includes questions on medical or family history, as well as greater detail on specific difficulties. It also looks at the degree and frequency of difficulties, rather than just requesting yes/no responses.

The questionnaire is not normed in any way, but the author would like to encourage research on it so that it can be normed. While the questions focus very much on the negative aspects of dyspraxia, as is necessary in a screening test, it must be emphasised that there are many positive characteristics of dyspraxia, for example determination, caring, originality and good strategic thinking.

If you find that you have affiliation with several areas on the questionnaire you should consider seeking professional assessment.

The author would welcome any comments from people who have used the questionnaire.

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