Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Feb 15, 2005 - Education - 200 pages
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Winner of the NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2005 Written by a teenage dyspraxic, this inspiring book is a unique practical guide for dyspraxics and those around them struggling and determined to get to grips with the social, physical and psychological chaos caused by developmental co-ordination disorders (DCDs). In her own conversational style, Victoria Biggs discusses both the primary effects of her 'learning difference' - disorganization, clumsiness and poor short-term memory - and the secondary difficulties she and other dyspraxics encounter, including bullying, low self-esteem and loneliness. She offers down-to-earth advice on a wide range of issues, from body language, puberty, health and hygiene to family life and social skills. Personal stories and 'this-is-what-it's-like-for-me' accounts from other dyspraxic adolescents are also included. Her positive and practical approach and profound empathy with others in her situation make this book a must-read for dyspraxics, their parents and other family members, and for professionals working with them.
 

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A book written by a 16 year old on what its like to be dyspraxic with tips on how to live with it. Primarily written for teenagers it gives a good insight into the problems of dyspraxia,schooling and ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
7
Chapter 1 A Recipe for Chaos
11
Chapter 2 The Hidden People at Home
25
Chapter 3 A Survival Guide to School
47
Chapter 4 Making the Grade
73
Chapter 5 Crossing the Chasm
83
Chapter 6 The Case of the Cooked Tomato
97
Chapter 7 Bullying
105
Chapter 9 Diagnosis A Pipe Dream?
137
What Can I Do Now?
155
Chapter 11 Lying Diagonally in a Parallel Universe
167
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
190
USEFUL ADDRESSES AND WEBSITES
192
REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING
196
INDEX
197
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Chapter 8 Coping with Growing Up
121

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