Managing Dyspraxia as an Expat

January 2024
Managing dyspraxia as an expat can present plenty of unique challenges. However, with the right support and strategies, being an expat with dyspraxia won’t limit your experiences abroad. We share some simple ways you can support yourself abroad and truly thrive as an expat.
Experiencing expat life while also having dyspraxia can add an extra layer of complexity to your experience abroad. Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), affects coordination and motor skills, making everyday tasks more difficult. Recent studies show it affects up to 6% of the population, with up to 2% severely affected. From navigating unfamiliar environments to communicating in a foreign language, expats with dyspraxia may encounter additional obstacles abroad that require patience and understanding.
  • Create a clear and consistent routine for bedtime, start your day and have your meals. Studies show that a daily routine can help your brain and nervous system reset, which can have positive effects on your attention span.
  • At the beginning of your workday, prioritise the most important tasks first. Breaking up your tasks into clear and easy-to-manage sections will help you avoid getting distracted or going off track.
  • Make sure to include plenty of breaks in your schedule. This will aid productivity and concentration throughout the workday.
  • Make use of visual aids, like mind maps, flow charts and spider diagrams to help you process information. Having visual representations can help break down information into small digestible amounts and improve your memory.

One key aspect of managing dyspraxia as an expat is seeking professional guidance and support. If you regularly see an occupational therapist at home, finding a healthcare provider who specialises in dyspraxia might be different in your host country.


Consider connecting with local support groups for individuals with dyspraxia to gather valuable information and advice for setting up necessary assistance.

When you first move, it's normal to be hit with a wave of emotions. This combined with the common frustrations from dyspraxia can be overwhelming and impact your self-esteem. Making time to look after yourself and manage your stress is vital. This can be as simple as prioritising rest. Making sure you get enough regular quality sleep will help you power through your day. Taking some time for mindful exercises such as meditation and yoga is also a great way to manage your stress.

Disclosing your dyspraxia to your employers is a personal decision. If you decide to do so you should gain access to additional adjustments in the workplace. This can be as simple as flexible working hours, or creating a quiet space for you to work without distractions. 


Remember that being an expat with dyspraxia does not mean you have limitations; it means embracing your unique strengths and finding creative solutions along the way. By actively managing your condition through professional guidance, effective coping mechanisms, and open communication to successfully navigate life abroad with dyspraxia.

Expats with international health insurance from Allianz Partners will have access to our Expat Assistance Programme that offers 24/7 confidential professional counselling - available face-to-face or via phone, video, email and online chat. Prioritise your mental wellbeing as you navigate the unique challenges of managing dyspraxia as an expat.