Dyspraxia Week 2022: Teenage Activity – Dyspraxia Foundation

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We are proud to share a few words from Lachlan, 14 and his mum Jenny about getting involved in physical activity – especially golf.

Lachlan, age 14

Just answered a questionnaire on how much physical activities I do each week as a dyspraxic teenager. Answer not much, nowhere near enough. My name is Lachlan, I will be 15 years old in January. Recently OT diagnosed me with DCD after 11 years, waiting for ABC Motor assessment.

I always feel better after physical activities but getting there is like hiking a mountain. I procrastinate and avoid getting organised. Then the anxiety kicks in before I leave my bedroom. My Mom got me into swimming very young and it did help a lot but lately I have not been eager to go back. My Dad got me into golf, for him it is a nightmare getting me organised but once we get over the first hole, I feel like a different person when I get home.

I would recommend golf for people with DCD you don’t have to do mad big swings. Slow and steady connect down the fairway and your away enjoying the fresh air. Golf trolley is handy so you don’t tire carrying your golf bag. Nobody becomes a great golfer overnight, even professionals have bad rounds. So why not try pitch and putt and see how you get on.

I just won my first golf tournament. My name will always be engraved on that cup displayed in the club house.

I still haven’t got my head fully around my DCD diagnoses but a lot of it makes sense. Good luck⛳️🏌🏻‍♀️🏆

Parents View from Jenny

Lachlan has just got a diagnosis of DCD from OT NHS this summer after waiting 11 years for ABC motor assessment. Dyspraxia was first brought to my attention when Lachlan was in nursery school. Then a fabulous teacher at nursery asked to see me and said that he was showing signs of dyspraxia. From then he has seen a speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, paediatrician. Primary education was very frustrating because Lachlan behaviour was very good, quite, shy no trouble in class and was excellent at avoiding situations that involved fine motor or gross motor skills. Help just wasn’t there for him. But I never gave up because the symptoms and anxiety of daily life as a dyspraxic child never went away.

Lachlan started swimming lessons when he was 4 years old recommended by a physiotherapist and it was hard work for him but he got there in the end after about 3 years of weekly lessons and practice. It really helped his confidence, mood and frustrations. Lachlan did touch rugby throughout primary education and the coaches were very patient with him he always stayed on the peripheral of the group. Again not very good at rugby but it got him out in the fresh air and he had a Hot Dog afterwards. Now he is in post primary and has stopped playing rugby and swimming but he plays golf with his Dad and enjoys having no pressure just Lachlan and the golf ball. Recently he won a golf tournament for a high handicap and his name will always be engraved on that trophy in the club house cabinet. So that was a confidence boost!

Getting Lachlan organised to go anywhere is a nightmare so there is a lot of anxiety before we leave the house but once he gets over the first hole on the golf course and has a golf trolley he could carry a golf bag. He is like a different teenager when he comes home. Mood is so much more positive.

Keep your child active because it gets harder to motivate them when they become teenagers and if you have something positive for your child to do, it will help them. Even walking a neighbour’s dog. Volunteering at a cat shelter. Just getting out and about helps confidence.

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