Famous People with Dyspraxia
Dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a common disorder that affects movement and coordination.
It is estimated that between 5% and 10% of the population have dyspraxia. Much like dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD, dyspraxia is known as a hidden disability.
Someone with dyspraxia may have issues with:
- coordination, balance and movement
- learning new skills, thinking, and remembering information
- daily living skills, such as dressing, tying shoe laces or preparing meals
- writing, typing, drawing and grasping small objects
- dealing with emotions
- time management, and planning
Despite this, dyspraxia doesn’t have to hold you back. There are a number of people, from successful businessmen and women to actors and athletes, who have been diagnosed with dyspraxia and have reached the peak of their profession.
Dyspraxia doesn’t have to hold you back
Did you know that Albert Einstein had dyspraxia and struggled to tie his shoe laces? Or how about Daniel Radcliffe? Read on to find out how having dyspraxia shouldn’t be seen as detrimental to your career, whatever you may choose to do.
The British intelligence agency GCHQ acknowledges that it needs different kinds of thinkers, such as dyspraxics, to stay ahead of its competitors. "We recognise that to continue as a world-class innovative organisation we require a diverse workforce with different ways of thinking and we value these cognitive differences highly," it says.
Sir Richard Branson
"Due to the fact he also has dyslexia, writing and school has been just that bit harder. But this hasn’t stopped the man become a genius, multi billionaire tycoon."
"Welch, chanteuse with Florence and Machine, said she was "very proud to be dyspraxic" and said the condition did not get as much attention as it should."
"Do not let it stop you," he said. "It has never held me back, and some of the smartest people I know are people who have learning disabilities. The fact that some things are more of a struggle will only make you more determined, harder working and more imaginative in the solutions you find to problems."
"At 15, she began struggling with emotional issues that often co-occur with dyspraxia. "All of a sudden I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety," she said. "I just wanted to dematerialize and have someone sweep me away."
"The evidence that he was dyspraxic is purely after-the-event (dyspraxia was not recognised in his lifetime), but putting together what we know about him, he seems like an A1 example"
If you suspect you may have dyspraxia, the logical next step is to take a dyspraxia assessment which can be provided by an accredited dyspraxia diagnostician. Although this can seem daunting, receiving a diagnosis can mean that you are able to confront your dyspraxia head-on and seek to implement coping strategies to overcome any areas which may need addressing.
A dyspraxia diagnosis can often be a time consuming and expensive procedure, which is why we have developed the Yando Screener.
The Yando Screener
The Yando Screener is an online screening tool in the form of a questionnaire which provides information as to whether the user fits the profile of someone with dyspraxia. Although it is not a full diagnosis, it does provide detailed personalised feedback, in the way of a report, which can enable you to put strategies into place to overcome any issues identified.
The Yando Screener was developed by an experienced Dyspraxia Diagnostician, Disability Needs Assessor and Occupational Therapist.
The Yando Screener is available as an individual screener for the general public and as a large scale screening tool for institutions such as universities and private organisations.
If you would like to find out more about the Yando Screener and hear about all the benefits, please get in touch today.