Olivia Mosley’s Story

 

Olivia’s Bio

Olivia MosleyMy name is Olivia. I am 17 years old and will be celebrating my 18th birthday in November of 2015. I learned of my official Dyspraxia diagnosis in middle school. It took me many years to accept this and come to the conclusion that my disorder is a difference, but not a flaw or a disadvantage. After spending the majority of my young school career being wrongly classified as lazy, stupid, and not passionate enough by teachers and peers, it was both satisfying and confusing to finally have my differences labeled by a medical doctor. Dyspraxia manifests in differing ways and depths within various people. Personally, I have difficulty with handwriting, short-term memory, tying my shoes, using silverware, and balance. It is important to me to convey to people that I encounter that Dyspraxia is a valid disorder and that those who live with it daily are as deserving and worthy as those who do not. Its challenges can be overcome and minimized if we work together towards a solution. I have found that the more people I explain my disorder to, the more I heal myself and others by helping them understand why I am different and how much stronger I am because of it. My mother has been my best campaigner and has not only enabled me to find my own strength and confidence within me, but has also allowed me to discover and develop my talents and gifts that I believe my Dyspraxia has had a positive effect on, such as my love of history and my skill of creative writing.

Interview with Olivia Mosley

Warren’s Questions + Olivia’s Answers

A. What does it mean to you to help other boys and girls and there parents Understand Dyspraxia?

I would like to help others better understand Dyspraxia because I know what it is like to be misunderstood and incorrectly classified as lazy, stupid, and not dedicated enough because of a learning difference.

B. What do you wish you knew about Dyspraxia that you might not of known as a little girl?

I wish I know that Dyspraxia is a difference, not a flaw or a disadvantage.

C. What are some of the challenges and the positives you find with the disorder?

I have difficulty with handwriting, tying shoes, short-term memory, and using silverware. I think I am more creative and more empathetic because of my disorder.

D. What would you like to tell teachers and therapist about Dyspraxia?

I would like to tell teachers and therapists that Dyspraxia is a valid disorder that provides challenges that can be overcome if you know how to work through them together.

E. What is your greatest achievement with Dyspraxia?

My greatest achievement with Dyspraxia is my talent in creative writing and my gift of love for history.

F. What are some of your fears and goals becoming an adult living with this disorder?

My fears for being a young adult with Dyspraxia include “everyday” tasks like tying my shoes and using my short-term memory. My goal is to use my learning difference to my advantage.

G. Do you believe you have gotten great support for your Dyspraxia. If so what kind of therapies have helped you?

My mother has been my best and most healing supporter.

H. Do you believe with more acceptance of Dyspraxia your life and others would be made easier?

If Dyspraxia was more widely understood I believe it would help and improve my life and the lives of others like me.