Amanda Kirby asked to comment about the new Dr Who Character.
“It’s important for people with dyspraxia, especially young people, to have positive role models that show dyspraxia need not hold you back,” said Amanda Kirby, an advisor on dyspraxia to the British Dyslexia Association and Professor of Developmental Disorders at the University of South Wales.
“We hope [the introduction of Ryan] will also break down some of the misconceptions out there about dyspraxia, as these can have a negative impact on people’s experience of dyspraxia and make it harder for them to feel confident and achieve everything they can.”
So what are those misconceptions? “Often people think it just affects children and they will grow out of it eventually,” says Kirby, who is also a parent to an adult with the condition. “Dyspraxia is a life-long disorder and affects children and adults equally.
“Many consider that it doesn’t affect people that much. It is a spectrum so for some people the symptoms can be fairly minor but it can go through to having an impact on all aspects of life.