Multitasking with cerebral palsy

I like to think I’m quite good at multitasking. I mean, I can talking on the phone, send an e-mail, and drink a cup of tea I the same time.

What can I say, I’ve got me some mad skills…

All silliness aside though, I can do lots of things at once. I’m currently working on multiple writing projects, and I’ve even been known to play more than one video at once, (one on a handheld device and one on a console plugged into the TV). Yes, I can do lots of things at the same time, as long as I’m sitting down to do them.

When it comes to standing up, that’s a whole new ball game, because often the act of simply standing up to do anything is multitasking for me. I often have to use the seat on my walking frame Martha when I want to get anything of my handbag because I have to hold on to her, and look for what I want. Sometimes if I feel steady enough I can let go and use two hands, but then trying not to fall over saps so much of my concentration that looking in my bottomless-pit of a bag becomes really hard.

I can walk and eat a biscuit at the same time if I’m at home and don’t need my walker for support, but you’d never see me mooching around town eating a Greggs sausage roll, I’d need to sit down to do that really in order to feel comfortable.

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5 thoughts on “Multitasking with cerebral palsy

  1. Thanks for the insight, Nicola. I teach elem. aged students with CP and it’s interesting to read about your challenges at age 24, when you are better able to articulate your thoughts.

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    1. I actually find it more difficult to multi task when it comes to switching between task efficiently and calmly. I find how tasks are prioritized in response to the world around you is what really defines how well you multi-task. I’m really wondering if my CP inhibits my brains ability to multi-task because I’ve never seen a neurologists. Just the other day I was handling a group of students (who were being loud and rowdy) while helping a parent who was watching this go THe anxiety showed on my face and I’m sure she questioned my abilities. I was trying to help her but the kids volume was getting increasingly louder. My brain couldn’t switch between tasks at that moment.. It’s been making feel very inadequate.

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      1. You are most definitely not inadequate. I don’t know if CP inhibits someone’s ability to multitask and things like that. I’ve never seen a neurologist either, bit it would be really interesting to find out I think.

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