December 6, 2016
While a position with lots of pressure, a busy workplace with lots of demands at once, and jobs that require high levels of motor skills may feel too challenging or overwhelming, there are many fields in which people with dyspraxia can excel. And practise also helps! Most of all, however, this article will focus on what people with dyspraxia are especially good at and how that can make them an asset for their employer.
There has been little research on this topic so far, but some researchers have identified the following strengths in people with dyspraxia – and many people will have found these themselves, or you can read about them in one of the many blogs (for example Dyspraxic Fantastic) you can find online about the topic:
This question should be easy to answer after reading the list above: having motivated and determined employees who can come up with new and better solutions to problems and who will notice even miniscule mistakes – what else could an employer want?!
It is important that you sell these strengths of yours to your employer. They need to know what might go wrong but they need to know even more about how you tackle these difficulties and how you make up for them ten times over through being an excellent problem solver and inventor of new ideas. Let them know that you are a hardworking and determined person, and that you can tackle any challenge life may throw your way.
It may be useful to consider which fields your strengths can shine in most. Working somewhere that requires a lot of muscle work and coordination may not be the right thing for you but instead you’re very good at getting stuck in a topic and find out everything there is to know about it? Or you can design the most creative plans and products? Find something that you love to do and then find a job within this field. If you already know what you want to do and are worrying about applying and interviews, there is some good advice to be found on the Dyspraxia Foundation Website.
Employers should be able to make adjustments to help you – like providing databases online so you can’t lose paperwork, or providing helpful tools such as pencil grips and writing slopes for your desk. It’s best to discuss with them what you want and need to make sure you can work to the best of your abilities.
To conclude: Dyspraxia is not just something that makes movement more difficult. It is also and foremost a new perspective on things, and enables you to bring lots of amazing new ideas into a workplace – something employers will love to see!
The Dyscovery Centre offers workplace assessments and support to adjust your workplace to your needs. We can also offer support and counselling if you are looking for work, want to develop your skills or need general advice on how a learning difficulty can affect your working life.
This is an ongoing series of how developmental difficulties can affect working life and how to tackle them. Look out for the next article!
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