If you are a member of our ‘Dyspraxia & Adulthood’ closed Facebook page you may have noticed a little change over the last week.

Social media is always evolving and so are we. On our closed Facebook community we have introduced a tagging system. This means that every time a group member makes a post, our admin team will allocate it a topic name or a ‘tag’.

You will now see on the group a new section called ‘Popular Topics’ with a list of post topics. There’s a growing number of topics so tap ‘see all’ and you will be able to view all the topic categories we currently place. Tap or click on a topic and you’ll have loaded on your screen a feed of every post on the Facebook group about a certain topic.

We believe that social media can be tremendously positive way of not only connecting people, encouraging debate and discovery but also as away of archiving ‘debate’

So, if you have had a rubbish day you might want to tap on the topics ‘humour’ or ‘feel-good stories’. If there is a post canvassing opinion of fellow Dyspraxics, you’ll find the under ‘polls’.

If you have just discovered your dyspraxia and are wondering what is or isn’t a dyspraxia trait, debate and posts around this can all be found in the topic ‘Dyspraxia Trait query’. Issues in workplace or with job hunting? There’s a ‘workplace’ tag.

Want to know about gadgets that could help you overcome obstacles and manage your daily life better? There’s a tag for that too.

There’s a tag for ‘finance and benefits’ containing posts from financial management to applying for PIP (Personal Independence Payment – a benefit payment here in the UK). All conversation and posts around diagnosis or accessing diagnosing or who can diagnose and where to go, are all under the topic – you’ve guessed it, ‘diagnosis’ .

We want our Facebook communities to really flourish and it has proven an amazing outlet and resource for members, many friendships made, many questions asked, many debated and many answered. We really hope this move enhances the experience our users and more quickly and efficiently answers the questions our members have.

Somethings quite simply aren’t an ‘exact science’ , sometimes it’s impossible to generalise – all dyspraxics are different after all! So sometimes in absence of clear answers or clear data or fool-proof, non-biased research, what we can learn best from is our experiences and our debate and discussion. There may not be one answer, one truth, everything isn’t always black and white or clear – so these Facebook posts, discussions, debates – whatever you want to call them can be an invaluable resource for us all.

It is always important to recognise that Facebook content is no substitute for medical advice so on all medical issues, do contact your GP as well meaning and seemingly knowledgeable people on the internet simply won’t have the expertise and training to give the advice your GP can offer.

No one person has the answers that is why together we are stronger and where there is no answer, we can learn and discover together.


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