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Archive for April, 2014

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My New OT

This week I was given a new Occupational Therapist (OT). She told me that the brain can be rewired to do anything if you do it 700 times. I am not so sure. I am sure that I have tied my shoelaces more than 700 times and they still won’t stay done up. Perhaps in people with brain injuries from strokes and accidents you can retrain the brain to perform tasks they could do before the injury. These people have the correct wiring in the brain, it has just been damaged and needs repairing. They just need to re learn things the way we all did as babies.In these cases then yes doing something 700 times may teach the brain to perform tasks.

Dyspraxia is caused by a miswiring of the brain. Nobody is sure how or why it happens.I am no expert but surely teaching someone with a neurotypical  brain which has been injured, is not the same as teaching someone who has a brain that is wired up incorrectly.If I thought repeating a task 700 times was going to rewire my brain then I would gladly do it.However it  isn’t that simple. We can learn strategies to cope better with our difficulties but we can’t rewire our brains. When dealing with adults, OT’s only seem to have been trained to work with people who have had strokes or accidents. My last OT said she had never heard of anyone being born with dyspraxia. I had to take my diagnosis in the following week to prove it. Dyspraxic children grow into dyspraxic adults so why aren’t  OT’s trained in dealing with dyspraxia in adults.

I saw my GP about a month ago for a foot injury. He looked at my feet and said that my laces are too loose and I need to tie them tighter.I told him that I couldn’t as I have dyspraxia. He looked at me and said well you will have to learn to. I started to say that I really couldn’t and realised that I was wasting my breath. I get so frustrated sometimes. I understand that the average person has not heard of dyspraxia. But when dealing with the medical profession I really do think they should have some idea. Perhaps my OT is right and I am wrong. I would be more than happy to be wrong. I think I can speak for everyone with dyspraxia in saying we would love to have our brains rewired