chapter  9
Adults with dyspraxia
WithMadeleine Portwood
Pages 15

Adults are concerned that there is limited awareness among professionals about dyspraxia. Adults who have been successful in achieving a diagnosis and referral to the appropriate specialists have usually had access to a supportive general practitioner (GP). The GP can refer patients to neurologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists and counsellors/therapists. Most dyspraxic adults have to help themselves and rely on the support of carers, close friends and sympathetic employers. Children with dyspraxia who do not have access to appropriate intervention become adults with dyspraxia who in addition display a host of comorbid conditions. Whether in the workplace, college, or at home, students and adults are required to produce written documentation. Voice-processors have achieved limited success, with students and adults having problems if their speech patterns are inconsistent. There is a much higher incidence of diagnosed psychiatric illness than would be expected, and a relatively high proportion of adults resorting to medication to ameliorate their difficulties.