Starstruck: Daniel Radcliffe

If you think Harry Potter was a bit clumsy (like, oh I don’t know, when he almost fell out of a flying car, only to crash into a tree…?), then he and Daniel Radcliffe might have something in common (aside from rugged good looks).

Mr. Radcliffe has a, less-rare than you might think,neurological disorder called Dyspraxia. It causes a lack of coordination.  About 1 in 10 people have this life long disorder so if you’ve met anyone, ever… you probably know someone with Dyspraxia.

The severity varies from person to person. Radcliffe has a mild form but still has trouble tying his shoes and has bad handwriting (his words, not mine!).

I was having a hard time at school, in terms of being crap at everything, with no discernible talent                                             — Radcliffe

Dyspraxia at any level can be difficult on the ego. You don’t grow out of it and you don’t easily get over being pick last for team sports.

Severe dyspraxia, affecting 2% of the population, can make even walking and changing directions difficult. Many don’t have a dominant hand, in the typical sense. Rather than being “ambidextrous”, they are more “adextrous” in that are equally bad with each hand. I imagine that what dyspraxics experience when trying to write is similar to when I try to write with my left hand. Projecting that feeling to the whole body, I can only begin to understand how this disorder takes a toll on a person.

There is no doubt Mr. Radcliffe both Dreams Big and Thinks Creatively! Despite his struggles he has accomplished more than even the most coordinated person.

He has played Quidditch and flown a Hippogriff, which is out of this world. But he has also acted, sung and danced on Broadway!! Dyspraxia can present itself in memory issues, uncontrolled vocal pitch, and, most definitely, less-than-coordinated feet. So, he picked the single most challenging job for this particular condition… and then he kicked butt at it!

No biggie.


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