Living with My Dyspraxia: Kitchen Struggles

I currently work at a coffee roasting company as one of their cooks. It’s an interesting job and I get to make delicious food such as

However, I also have dyspraxia. Dyspraxia, otherwise known as, DCD, Developmental Coordination Disorder affects between 2-10% of the population. It is under diagnosed in the United States and can affect a persons motor skills, ability to sequence and hand-eye coordination, etc.

Living with dyspraxia can present all sorts of challenges in day to day living. What may seem like a simple task to someone without dyspraxia, may seem like a mountain of a task to someone with dyspraxia.

For instance, when cooking I get easily tired and get easily frustrated. Often because of this, it’s hard to motivate myself.

When I cook, I have this tendency to want to do everything at once. I have difficulty knowing what comes first or even how to keep things in the correct sequence.

Another thing I struggle with is grip and cutting. Even something as simple as just holding the whisk when I whisk eggs isn’t easy for me. I struggle with the hand coordination that is required to whisk eggs. Luckily one of my coworkers taught me a little hack to help me whisk the eggs.

The best advice I can give you on working in the kitchen and cooking with dyspraxia is to practice and take your time. It helps to know your weakness and to find constructive ways to deal with them.

For instance, what helps me is when I have recipes to follow exactly, and timers. Without timers, I’d forget all time. I will also scribble notes down to myself all the time to remind myself to get tasks done or if I’m out of an ingredient.

3 thoughts on “Living with My Dyspraxia: Kitchen Struggles

  1. I can cook for myself, but I could never do that for a living. I can’t work under pressure and my coordination is awful. Never got any help for this wretched condition either.

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    1. It’s always a surprise to me that I can handle cooking for a living. I think following the recipes exactly for me is easy. The hardest is sequencing orders and getting them out on time. Although, whenever I’m cooking it’s a nuclear wasteland and nobody else can enter until it’s cleaned up.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your struggles. My daughter has dyspraxia and I’m doing whatever I can to help her so that her life won’t be so difficult when she’s an adult. One thing she loves to do with me is cook. Sometimes I don’t allow her as it makes cooking take longer but after reading your story I will be sure to let her cook with me for now on. The more she practices now, the easier it will be for her as an adult.

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