Dyspraxia and driving

When a person is diagnosed with dyspraxia, or even when they have grown up knowing they have the condition, they could be forgiven for thinking that some activities, such as learning to drive, will be out of the question for them but that needn’t necessarily be the case. In fact, it may be more difficult and take longer for dyspraxics than it does for neuro-typical people. However, early results of a study showed that when dyspraxic people have mastered the skills needed to drive, we tend to be better, safer drivers.

In my own experience, it was relatively easy for me because when I learned to drive, I had no idea I was dyspraxic and, therefore, had no unnecessary limitations placed on me because I was dyspraxic. As a result, I passed my driving test on the third attempt. That was in 1980 and I have never had any endorsements or points placed on my driving licence. I can’t help wondering how much more difficult it might have been had I known I was dyspraxic at the time, or whether I might have just assumed I wouldn’t be able to drive and never actually tried. My life would certainly have been quite different if I had never had a driving licence. Incidentally, my diagnosis states that I am “severely dyspraxic” so that means it’s possible for anyone who is determined, to learn to drive and pass their test. My (dyspraxic) son passed his driving test at the first attempt and has since gone on to take, and pass, his motorcycle test.

Of course, I accept that there are certain difficulties that are shared by dyspraxic learner drivers that would not necessarily be a problem for our neuro-typical, or non-dyspraxic counterparts. For this reason, I decided to do something to help smooth the way for dyspraxic learner drivers to focus, retain important information, learn to co-ordinate effectively, gain confidence and do everything that is required to pass the driving test and join the ranks of good, safe drivers.

As a hypnotherapist and dyspraxic driver, myself, I have developed programmes of hypnotherapy that address the specific situations faced by dyspraxic learner drivers. I have successfully used my hypnotherapy technique both in person and remotely via Skype. It’s a simple process, takes less than an hour and can make the difference between struggling to learn to drive and doing so easily, comfortably and safely. All you need is the desire to learn to drive and my hypnotherapy technique can help with the rest.

Barbara Neill