Dyspraxia in the summer heat
Hello there! As someone living with dyspraxia, a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting my coordination and sensory processing, I often find that my symptoms become more pronounced during the hot summer months. I want to share my experiences and shed some light on how dyspraxia can be impacted by the heat and overstimulation that often accompanies this time of year.
While most individuals eagerly embrace the warmer season, for me, the intense summer heat can be overwhelming. One aspect of dyspraxia that becomes more apparent during this time is sensory overload. Normally, I already have difficulties in processing sensory information, such as touch, taste, and sound. However, the combination of intense heat and constant sensory stimulation during the summer exacerbates these challenges dramatically.
As the temperature rises, I find it more challenging to control my body temperature, leading to feelings of restlessness, fatigue, and irritability. Sweating profusely is another uncomfortable aspect, which sometimes interferes with my ability to grasp objects or maintain a steady grip. This further accentuates the coordination difficulties already associated with dyspraxia.
One thing that becomes increasingly pronounced in the summer is my impaired spatial awareness. Whether it's at crowded outdoor events or navigating unfamiliar summer destinations, dyspraxia often adds a layer of complexity. The vibrant colours, bustling crowds, and overwhelming cacophony of sounds can sometimes leave me feeling disoriented and disconnected from my surroundings.
Summer often brings a change in routine, as vacations, outdoor activities, and social events become more dominant. Although these can be enjoyable, adapting to new environments can be incredibly challenging for someone with dyspraxia.
Simple tasks, like packing a suitcase or planning a trip, require extra effort and attention to detail. As a result, I often find myself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and steps involved in planning and executing summer plans.
While summer may pose additional challenges for those with dyspraxia, it's essential to remember that there are coping strategies we can utilize to make the most of the season:
- Staying Hydrated: Ensuring I drink plenty of water throughout the day helps regulate my body temperature and reduce feelings of fatigue and irritability.
- Taking Breaks and Resting: Engaging in relaxing activities, seeking shade, or finding a quiet space helps me recharge and combat sensory overload.
- Planning and Organization: Breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable steps and using visual aids or lists can greatly alleviate the strain of planning and executing summer activities.
- Seeking Support: Communicating my needs and limitations with friends and family allows them to understand and accommodate my requirements during summer events or outings.
As someone living with dyspraxia, the summer heat can be both physically and mentally challenging. However, by understanding my limitations and utilizing coping strategies, I've learned to navigate this season more effectively. It's crucial for individuals with dyspraxia to be patient with themselves and remember that self-care remains a top priority. By adapting summer plans and taking proactive measures to manage overstimulation, we can truly enjoy this vibrant season while embracing our unique selves.
Written by Allan Chris