Brandon Sutcliffe’s Story


BrandonNewMy name is Brandon Sutcliffe I am 10 years old (note: this story was written several years ago. To the right is an update picture of Brandon!). 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. The work in school is so hard for me because people can’t read my writing. It is really hard to be organized and I lose a lot of things. I started school in the public school system and the teachers were cruel to me. The teachers used to say that I wasn’t working at all, but really I was working as hard and as fast as I could. The teachers would also complain to my parents that I was not paying attention and they were frustrated because they would try to call me out and I knew the answer. They wouldn’t help me in anyway, they were cruel to me because I had Dyspraxia. I used to bring home the whole days worth of work home for my mom to do with me because the teachers would not help me. My parents fought for a year and a half to get me special education help when I was in the public school. Even though I had an IEP, I still didn’t get the help I needed. So my parents pulled me out of the public schools and put me in a private school. I started a private school in third grade and it started out great. For two and a half years I did really well. I was a member of the school’s Science Olympiad team and a member of the student council. In fifth grade things started to change for me. I began to get bullied by a few kids. Instead of asking for help I took matters into my own hands and ended up getting into a couple of fights at school. These fights caused me to be suspended a couple of times. I have also been diagnosed with anxiety that is probably caused by my dyspraxia and makes every day living sometimes really hard. Sometimes I really struggle with my anxiety and I over react to normal things kids do. I like to play video games and hang out with my friends. I enjoy swimming and going to the movies. What I want people to know about me is that I can do most of the things other kids my age do, I just may do them differently. I am learning how to deal with Dyspraxia and anxiety and am hoping that next year at school will be better.