Dyspraxia and Person-Centred Counselling - Part Three

In Part One I spoke about dyspraxia, a neurological disorder that is present from birth. I mentioned many of the difficulties that dyspraxic people encounter and considered what it is like to live one’s life with this condition. In Part Two, I discussed counselling issues associated with dyspraxia and the benefits of person-centred counselling.

A person with dyspraxia might have other neuro-diverse conditions. Here in Part Three I will describe these conditions briefly, bearing in mind that symptoms can vary from person to person. I hope that you will find the links which I am providing helpful. Please note that I cannot take any responsibility for their content.

ADHD - Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder

Symptoms include poor concentration, being easily distracted, daydreaming and not staying on task. With hyperactivity there can be a lot of movement, rushing from one thing to the next and impulsive behaviour such as acting without considering the consequences.

Asperger’s Syndrome

Rigid routines are developed and a change of routine is very unsettling. There is obsessive behaviour and often absorption in a particular interest. Empathy and imagination are lacking, making friends and social interactions are difficult. There can be over sensitivity or under sensitivity to the environment. Incluing sounds, smells, touch, taste and light.


Difficulties learning and understanding mathematics.


There can be difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and sequencing such as putting the days of the week in consecutive order. For a dyslexic person words and letters may appear to move, e.g. jumping around, getting jumbled up, twisting and turning and moving off the page.


Poor balance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, organisation and memory. There can be problems with movements that use small muscles, such as writing. and with large muscles. such as running. Speech and social skills can also be affected.

Tourette’s Syndrome

Tics can come and go. They include quick, involuntary movements, unintentional vocalisations such as swearing, facial grimaces and making sudden sounds and noises. There can also be compulsions e.g. to touch something.

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