Working with a client recently to help with his job search he told me that he has dyspraxia.
I wondered how this was impacting his working life as he had experienced some difficulties. Dyspraxia wasn’t something I knew much about so I’ve looked on line to find out more
A useful site includes details on adult symptoms of Dyspraxia can be found here.
These can include:
- Poor balance
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Lack of manual dexterity
- Difficulty with typing, handwriting and drawing
- Unclear speech and unable to pronounce some words
- Tendency to be over sensitive to noise
- May be unable to distinguish between left and right
- Difficulty in planning and organising thought
- Poor short-term memory
- Accuracy problems
- Difficulty in following instructions
- May only do one thing at a time properly
- May daydream and wander aimlessly
- Tendency to opt out of things that are too difficult
- Slow to adapt to unpredictable situations
- Prone to low self esteem
I now have a much better understanding about my client and think that these symptoms are one of the reasons why he hasn’t stayed at a job. So, to be successful in a job he is going to need to educate a company.
Another site suggests that job seekers create a one or two page summary that they submit to companies along with application forms.
The following link should help you create something relevant to you:
Help and guidance for employees:
Help and guidance for employers:
If you have dyspraxia how do you deal with it at interview and what impact has this had on your career? You can use the ‘add comment’ link below
A reader suggested some additional resources,
Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled
Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
The 9 Most Hazardous Chemicals for People With Special Needs
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs
These are from Christy of wondermoms.org