Harry Potter/ Daniel Radcliffe

By Amy
Abernathy, Texas
August 20, 2008 12:30am CST
I just saw a story with Daniel Radcliffe. Turns out he has Dyspraxia - which I suffer from. Its a condition that effects motor skills and means people who have it have difficulty with manual tasks. Nice to know somene in the limelight is willing to come out with such honesty with a challenging condition like that. His is rather mild. He has trouble with things like tying shoelaces and handwriting and wishes velcro would take off and become more popular. If you're not sure what dyspraxia is here are some links including a few for Daniel Radcliffe: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7HPIC&defl=en&q=define:Dyspraxia&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/services/dys_dyspraxia.php http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b24227_daniel_radcliffes_dyspraxia_diagnosis.html http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2008-08/19/content_6949152.htm Do you ever feel your clumsier then most? Like tasks simple for most are difficult for you - tasks that require use of motor skills?
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I have never heard about this.....I am sorry it effects you...do you take meds or anything for it?
• Abernathy, Texas
20 Aug 08
Like with dyslexia, there aren't any. Depending on how it effects a person, some work with eye doctors, occupational therapist etc usually with children ,the main aim of treatment is to help the child circumnavigate his difficulties, to learn and to achieve his potential just like with dyslexia.
• United States
20 Aug 08
I never knew that he had dyspraxia. This is interesting to know. I've never felt that clumsy but I have known people that are extremely clumsy and sometimes I could never believe all the stuff they managed to get into.
• Abernathy, Texas
20 Aug 08
Although its not something he hid, this clumsiness that is dyspraxia, just something he recently officially confessed.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Wow...I didn't know that about Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe! LOL...I guess that shows what a good actor he is, if he can act/perform with this condition....you would never know by watching him perform that he had ANY kind of problem....you're right, I've never even heard of this condition before though..will read up on it through those links you gave. Another rather problem some actors have is dyslexia in which the brain can't function with reading skills well and words tend to look jumbled up--wonder how they memorize scripts???
• Abernathy, Texas
20 Aug 08
Maybe they listen to the words and memorize it that way? My brother - who is a genuis has dyslexia yet he looks at very confusing schematics each day for work! I remember I wrote an article about it here - a thread and some thought I might have been mixing it up with dyslexia.. :) There's an actor from one of those Star Trek spin offs can't remember his name but he was a friend of my best friend's family (not of hers I think, they irritated each other) and he had been in an automobile accident and had no short term memory. I'm amazed at him! His dyspraxia is mild, and mostly shows up in tying his shoes and handwriting. For some its so bad even cleaning is difficult. I'd love to have that excuse but mine is milder then that. I have trouble walking through wide doorways - I still bump into the wall and I aim to avoid tables but still bump into them and doing things like closing zip lock bags that don't have a zipper pull, I lose my footing on flat, even ground! Like him I have no speech or language problems. Its mild like his. People used to say I need to concentrate (how many people do this concentrate hard walking through a door or around a table ) but it never helped!
• India
20 Aug 08
i am so sad to read about the discomfort that you have, regarding the motor skills. I am not so worried about the HARRY POTTER hero, because, it appears, he can get the best medical attention and relief. As of you, I would suggest you to search for some ALTERNATIVE METHODS .. which sure would be able to PERMANANTLY get you rid of the discomfort. I dont dare call it a disease. Goodluck, and good health.
• Abernathy, Texas
20 Aug 08
Well as much I'm all for alternaitve medicine - I wouldn't go for what amounts to clumsiness. Its a neurological disorder not a disease that effects motor skills. There's no discomfort involved just irritation - lol. There is no medical attention or relief for Daniel Radcliffe - just investing in velcro - ha! If I did have a disease, as much I'm a fan of alternative medicine - its way too expensive.