Louis Barnett is one of Britain’s most successful chocolatiers. His tasty chocolate bars are sold in nine countries and counting, and they’re also helping raise money to protect endangered animal species around the world.
By any measure, Louis’ story is amazing. He started his company, Chokolit Ltd., when he was just 12 years old and has built it into a thriving global venture in just seven years.
Jordan didn’t talk until he was 2, and for years, his mother had to translate so others could understand him. But each time she pressed doctors and educators for answers, they had none to explain why Jordan was lagging behind children his own age.
Luckily, his mother discovered the Dyspraxia Foundation USA Web site and began piecing together a diagnosis based on what she learned from other parents and the organization’s founder, Warren Fried.
Our daughter Phoebe is two and a half years old and at the age of 19 months she was diagnosed with Dyspraxia. After months of reading and researching on my own, we had an idea that it was Dyspraxia that we were dealing with. Phoebe had missed many of her milestones such as rolling, sitting, babbling and walking. She was worked up for seizures, stroke, cerebral palsy and many other syndromes and disorders. It was our neurologist who finally made the diagnosis of Dypsraxia.
10-year-old Luke Deuterman of Greensboro, N.C., was diagnosed with dyspraxia when he was 5 years old. His parents, Dawne and Dan, waited until Luke was 9 to tell him about the diagnosis.
“We really didn’t want to give Luke a label, but more importantly, we didn’t want to give Luke an excuse not to try by using dyspraxia as a crutch,” said Dawne.
Omar Alexander Espinosa
In the beautiful autumn of 2007 in the month of October God gave us the joy of being parents for the first time to a beautiful child, and we name him Omar Alexander, whom with love we call Xander. At first everything seemed normal, but I began to notice some developmental delays. Everyone told me that I don’t have to worry, that I shouldn’t compare him with other children, etc.. But my instinct as a mother told me that my baby needed help.
He spent his entire childhood knowing he was different from other children. He felt stupid and struggled with depression. He grew up feeling isolated. He was bullied horribly and even felt rejected by certain family members.
It wasn’t until Warren moved to England at age 19 that he learned about dyspraxia and realized he had the disorder. In the United Kingdom, Warren found the support and acceptance he’d been searching for his entire life.
Joey Gaskins Jr. was born on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas in 1986. As a child he displayed difficulties tying his shoes and adopting the right pen grip among other challenges, and found subjects like math, handwriting and spelling especially hard. In the Bahamas there were no resources for children with learning disabilities and thanks to the patience and dedication of his parents and a few teachers, Joey begun to excel at academics. Toward the end of his high school career, Joey was chosen to fill the prestigious position of Head Boy at the Freeport Anglican High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
I am the mother of a 4 year 7 month old boy. He came in to this life 12 weeks early. Our beautiful baby boy was born October 23, 2007. He spent the first 11 weeks of his life in the NICU at Central Baptist Hospital. Maddox went through a lot during his stay at the NICU. He was such a good baby during his stay and even when we brought him home. Because of his premature birth he was at several different doctors for a myriad of therapies. We love being parents to Maddox and are so thankful to have him.
My name is Dave Gorry and I am 17 years old. I live in Coventry, Rhode Island, USA and was born on Long Island in New York. I was diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder when I was about 7 years old, although I was involved in Early Intervention since I was about 2. I received speech services until I was about 11 years old. My mom tells me I spoke late and didn’t walk until I was about 16 months old. I love animals, and she tells me the first time I walked on my own was to walk to over to see a dog!
My name is Katie Hagwood. I live in a small rural town in North Carolina. As far back as I can remember things have been difficult for me. What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Unlike so many unanswered questions, that answer was simple and automatic…Everything! If my story was handwritten, the ink would be smudged by my fallen tears. The emotions and experiences I share cut deep. I write this in hopes that it will find the eyes that are meant to read my story. It will be quite a story, as well as a lengthy one.
Twins Aidan and Colin are 6 years old and the best of friends. Colin was diagnosed with dyspraxia at age 4 and began receiving early intervention in preschool.
After decades on the fringes of the Scottish music scene, at 49 I have finally started getting somewhere. Last year a BBC radio DJ featured me in a live session, describing me as “Scotland’s best-kept secret”. I’m delighted at the recognition, but wonder what role my dyspraxia has played in all this.
Kevin was born in Nov 19 2004 he was a healthy baby and full term. When Kevin was a month old he contracted the RSV Virus and went into respitory arrest and was admitted to Westchester Children Hospital , after a week he was sent home with a clean bill of health. It was not till Kevin turned one that we noticed something was not right . we thought it was the last effects of the RSV and complications but our pediatrician said it was not and he seemed ok. When Kevin turned two we noticed his speech was not developing like how his sisters was at that age again we went to our pediatrician and he assured us that Kev was fine and he was just hitting his milestones lil later. We watched kevin for another year and we felt that something still was not right he was playing and stumbling alot and his speech was still not fully developed. his sensitivity to water was like it was hurting him . This time Kevin was 3yro at the time and almost ready to start school in the next year or so . Our Doctor finally refered us to a child Neruologist and it was confirmed that Kevin did indeed have a problem .
I’m Dani Plung, from the great city of Pittsburgh, PA! I’m seventeen, was diagnosed with Dyspraxia when I was five years old, and, as a result, have been knowingly living with it for twelve years now. It hasn’t always been easy, but I am convinced that I am all the stronger for having grown up with what we might refer to as “a hidden handicap,” both because it’s it’s taught me what is really important, and also it has pushed me into areas of interests that I’m not sure I would’ve found otherwise.
Michael Francis Quinn
Both at Elementary and High School, Michael underachieved academically. Despite adequate teaching and a stimulating learning and home environment, Michael was making very little progress. As a result, his self-esteem hit rock bottom. He was convinced that he was stupid and not as good as the other children in his class. Michael had several difficulties that impacted negatively on his ability to fulfil his potential as a student. Typically, his difficulties included specific aspects of learning such as reading, writing, spelling, planning and carrying out sensory and motor tasks and movement. In Ireland, during the 1990s, when Michael was attending school, there were limited structures and provisions in mainstream schools in place to identify children with learning difficulties such as Dyspraxia.
I remember the day that I realized I was different than my friends. I looked the same as they did and I liked the same things they liked, but something was different. It never bothered me before that it took more practice to be able to jump rope. It never made a difference to me that they could tie their shoes, use scissors or write…and I couldn’t. I didn’t know that I was doing the motor skills development exercises we did at school incorrectly. I thought I was doing a splendid job and I had a lot of fun with them. That all changed when I moved up to first grade and the teacher brought out the red bouncy ball. It was time to get introduced to dodge ball and I was introduced with a blow to the head on the very first throw.
Diagnosed with dyspraxia when she was a young child, Bri remembers feeling anxious and different because she couldn’t do things like play catch, ride a bike, jump rope, swing or write well.
“I felt different from other kids because I couldn’t catch or throw and gym class was always an issue,” she said. “I just couldn’t always execute things.”
But Bri soon discovered she had other talents, and that’s a message she shares with other children struggling with dyspraxia.
My name is Brandon Sutcliffe I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia when I was 6 years old. After I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia my parents started taking me to karate. I am currently a blue belt and a member of the black belt club. They also began taking me weekly to get both occupational and physical therapy. In OT and PT I worked on all of my gross and fine motor skills. I learned how to skip, button and hold a pencil correctly. It was in first grade when school started to become hard for me.