Donal Fitzpatrick is registered with Dyspraxia Ireland to teach pupils with Dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia & Driving
As a qualified ADI Driving Instructor, I believe that around 15% of my students suffer with some form of Dyspraxia.
It can be quite mild or more pronounced. A lot of people will be un-aware of this condition until they start driving and even then will associate it with something else.
How do you recognise someone with Dyspraxia?
It takes good observation and awareness skills to realise the symptoms in an individual. A lot of driving Instructors today are oblivious to the condition and would therefore continue with lessons and invariably blame the student for not putting enough work in, for not focusing or even going so far as passing remarks about the student such as.."”Can you not see what’s happening ahead" or "can you not react early to what you see”".
Dyspraxia can be very subtle or in your face. Recognising the signs takes a little time and patience.
A student with Dyspraxia will find it difficult to multi-task, co-ordinate controls, remember the instruction given and will struggle to apply all of this in a sequence.
Individuals with Dyspraxia may suffer with some or all of the following;
• Poor timing.
• Difficulty combining movements into a controlled sequence.
• Difficulty remembering the next movement in a sequence.
• Problems with spatial awareness,
• Some people with dyspraxia have difficulty in determining left from right
• Dyspraxics may also have trouble determining the distance between them and other objects.
• Panic attacks
When I find a student is having difficulties multi-tasking and co-ordinating I will introduce them to my method of teaching which allows them a greater control of their co-ordination and multi-tasking skills. An Automatic car can also work very well as it removes the need to multi-task on several fronts, thus allowing the pupil to achieve great results because here we take-away their need to use a clutch pedal and to change gears and so freeing up time to allow more energy to focus on the road ahead and to multi-task with less to do. They will still struggle some but it's a big step to enable them to drive and to pass their test.
Learner Drivers will find difficulty with hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and short-term memory. They will find learning to drive more challenging than most. You may suffer with dyspraxia but it does not mean you will never drive. Driving and passing your test is a very achievable goal, you will have to work harder but a bit of hard work hurts nobody.
Information found on this web site was drawn from Dyspraxia.co.uk and Dyspraxia.ie and
my own personal experiences of teaching. I specialise in teaching students with Dyspraxia.