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Dyspraxia – My First Homeschooling Visit.

 

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My youngest child is home schooled for various reasons.. On Wednesday the moderator came to visit to see how we were doing. It was our first visit so I didn’t know what to expect. She asked me our reasons for home schooling. One of the reasons is that he has dyspraxia and doesn’t get the support he needs in school.The response went like this

 

Moderator       ” Oh that’s the reading one”

Me                     “No that’s dyslexia”
Moderator       ” Oh it’s the writing one”
 Me                     ” No that’s  dysgraphia”
Moderator      ” Ah it’s the speaking one”
Me                    ” No. Dyspraxia can be verbal but his isn’t.
Moderator       ” Ok what is it then?”

I then had to try to explain what Dyspraxia is. I don’t explain myself verbally very well. Especially if I am put on the spot. This is because I have problems organising my thoughts. When I write I have time to think about what I am going to say. She looked like she didn’t believe me.

The main reason I started writing this blog was to raise awareness of dyspraxia. People can’t be understanding of something they have never heard of. It is really difficult to keep explaining to people what dyspraxia is. I never do it very well because verbal explanations are one of my difficulties.

 

The moderator either didn’t understand or didn’t believe me because she later wanted to know why he wasn’t doing sport. Why would I want to make him do something unnecessary ,that will only humiliate him. This country puts to much emphasis on sport. He gets plenty of exercise. I don’t drive because I can’t judge the speed and distance of a moving object. It doesn’t feel safe to drive when I can’t judge how fast and how far away the other cars are on the road. We walk every where unless my Mum gives us a lift.

 

 I had hoped home schooling would stop him having to put up with this sort of ignorance.  It seems I was wrong. I don’t know why I am surprised. If teachers in schools have no knowledge about dyspraxia ,why would homeschooling moderators be any different. At least with home schooling he has me to back him up. At school he would be forced to participate.

Sharon Beaumont

I am a single mother of 4 who has lived with dyspraxia for several decades. My hope is that by sharing my experiences I can help to raise awareness of dyspraxia. I trained as an Education Assistant but found some areas of this to be a difficult career if you have dyspraxia. Currently I am an Information Technology Student and am trying to teach my self to speak French. I love travel, writing and anything French.

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