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Stumbling through Space and Time

Living Life with Dyspraxia
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"In 1994, I was diagnosed with dyspraxia, and I was unable to do everything that children are expected to do by the time they're in school. For me, this included everything from riding a bike and catching a ball, to reading, writing, and basic math." When talking about her dyspraxia, Rosemary Richings is often met with confusion. Why do so few people understand dyspraxia, or even know what it is? Rosemary shares her experience of growing up dyspraxic, and how it impacts her sense of space, time and co-ordination. Diagnosed with DCD at the age of four, Rosemary shares her insights and experience dealing with challenges, from coping with bullies in school to choosing a dyspraxia-friendly university, pursuing self-employment and travelling abroad. Rosemary shares guidance for others about what helped her develop her skills, including ballet and gymnastics, the Wilbarger Protocol (brushing therapy) and equestrian therapy. Full of practical tips and insights into the strategies that gave Rosemary the confidence to succeed, this is an essential guide for other dyspraxics and those supporting them, which shows you how you too can thrive as a dyspraxic person.
Rosemary Richings is a writer, author, and advocate who was diagnosed in the mid-90s, when she was 4 years old. Her writing and advocacy work helps dyspraxics and other disabled people feel more represented, loved, and supported in our society. Rosemary is a co-founder of Dyspraxic Alliance and is on the board of trustees of Dyspraxic Me, a charity that provides a supportive peer group for dyspraxics ages 16-25.
1. Dyspraxia in childhood 2. Adolescence and dyspraxia 3. Secondary school and preparing for university 4. 1st and 2nd Year university challenges 5. The effect of stigma on self-esteem and body image 6. Coping and persevering 7. Aging out of my dad's health insurance (and the school system) 8. How having a disability motivated my decision to pursue self-employment 9. Developing healthy relationships with others 10. Why do people rarely know what dyspraxia is? 11. The mental health impact of having no support 12. When do people need to know about your dyspraxia? 13. Why do some dyspraxics avoid driving a car? 14. Travelling abroad with dyspraxia: can it be done? 15. Creating your own dyspraxia community: pros and cons
An honest guide to living with dyspraxia filled with advice and insights and based on the author's lived experience
This is a marvel of a book, sure to open both hearts and minds. Rosemary Richings writes with such grace, compassion, and thoughtfulness. I was deeply moved by her story and her sense of solidarity with others who have been harmed by the status quo. She is unafraid to name the policies and ways of thinking that marginalize and exploit, nor to boldly imagine a better world. This book needs to be read widely. -- Audrey Clare Farley, author of The Unfit Heiress Stumbling through space and time is a heartfelt memoir, offering an authentic insight into what it means to be dyspraxic. Rosemary not only creates a space where those with dyspraxia can feel seen, but she also creates valuable learning opportunities for anyone to learn about it. This will help to make the world a more inclusive place for everyone. -- Emily Katy, autistic blogger, writer and Trustee of Autistic Girls Network
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