Dyspraxia – Information and Resources

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How to Understand and Support Children with Dyspraxia

dyspraxiaThis practical book is just about the most popular resource around on Dyspraxia, and will prove a great resource to teachers, assistants, parents and therapists working with children who struggle with this developmental co-ordination disorder. It puts forward a variety of concepts and methods to help support children with dyspraxia. The author, Lois Addy, who has over twenty years of experience in this area, highlights the importance of the reader first grasping the fundamentals of what dyspraxia actually is before going on to deliver effective support for children with this difficulty. She is a paediatric occupational therapist and currently works as a a senior lecturer in professional health studies at University of Leeds.

This great book covers: how to recognise and diagnose dyspraxia; checklists to help identify it; information on the troubles faced by dyspraxia sufferers; details on their needs; concepts to help provide support (focusing on hand writing, numbers, reading, communication and social skills); and common questions on the condition, with answers. It averages 4.7 stars out of 5 from 18 reviews, where it has been described as “Superb – well-written and very practical”, and is currently available for £9.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils with Dyspraxia and DCD

dyspraxiaAs the title suggests, this popular book provides one hundred ideas to assist with the development and support of children with dyspraxia. It is written in a digestible way and will prove an invaluable resource to anyone working with students with dyspraxic and DCD. The list of ideas covers the entire school-age range and ranges from the development of gross and fine motor skills to helping prepare students for the next phase of their journey through life, whether in school of the workplace.

It averages 4.9 stars out of 5 on review where it has been described as follows: a “Lifeline for parents of dyspraxic kids”; “It really is invaluable and helps you work out coping strategies for both the person affected by dyspraxia and their family”; and “Really useful as a parent as well as a professional”. It is currently available for £11.40 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Dyspraxia: Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

dyspraxiaThis is the best-selling book avilable on dyspraxia. It forms a comprehensive guide for parents of chldren with the disorder from pre-school to adulthood. The book outlines how dyspraxia, a condition causing difficulty with coordination difficulties, is a less obvious handicap which can lead to both social and educational difficulties for children. The condition affects approximately three times more boys than girls, and is easily confused with many other issues experienced in the early stages of a child’s development, which can result in a child being outcast or bullied, which in turn can lead to problems with confidence and self-esteem.

The author, Amanda Kirby, is a doctor with a son who has dyspraxia. Her book draws upon her many experiences and the various posed by parents of children with dyspraxia to find strategies to help overcome their problems. Dr Kirby suggests practical techniques for improvement at home and school, and outlines some of the effects that dyspraxia will have on the child’s future. The emotions of sufferers, their parents and siblings are all sympathetically catered for, and constructive methods to cope with them are put forward.

One of the key strengths of this book is that it sets out all of the fundamental information required to understand dyspraxia in a clear, concise way. It covers: symptoms; causes; diagnosis; and alternative conditions. The book also inlcudes cheerful illustrations to help the reader and child engage with the text. It is a helpful and practical book that can really help improve the lives of children with dyspraxia, and those of their parents. It averages 4.5 stars out of 5 from 36 reviews, where it has been described as “wonderful”, “useful” and “brilliant” and is currently available for £12.08 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

dyspraxiaThis fantastice book (also a best-seller) is written by a teenager with dyspraxia. It is a funny, practical and inspiring blueprint to help teenagers with dyspraxia and their friends and families to understand the physical, and psychological mayhem that this developmental cooordination disorder can cause. The author, Victoria Biggs, explains in a bubbly, conversational way, the main effects of dyspraxia (things like clumsiness and being disorganised) – as well as several other problems that teenagers with this condition may come across (things like lack of confidence and bullying). It is full of insightful stories from other teenagers. It is an award-winning guide, written in a down to earth way, covering a wide range of issues experienced by teenagers with an update in this latest edition on the author’s experiences at work and university. It is a unique and inspiring book and a must-read material for any yound adult dealing with dyspraxia.

Caged in Chaos averages 4.7 stars out of 5 from 63 reviews where it has been described as: “Articulate, funny & informative!”; “A very helpful and enjoyable book”; and “Fascinating and Entertaining” and is currently REDUCED from £13.99 to £11.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Living with Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults with Developmental Dyspraxia – Revised Edition

dyspraxiaLiving with Dyspraxia, by Mary Colley, was written for adults with dyspraxia to help them tackle the daily tasks that are otherwise taken for granted. The inspirational author was diagnosed with the condition, among others, in her forties before going on to help establish the Dyspraxia Foundation Adult Support Group, and obtian a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties. The book is full of tips and guidance on dyspraxia in adults, ranging from diagnosis to learning to manage it. Issues such as confidence; the workplace; its interaction with learning difficulties; and how to improve communicatation skills are all covered.

This popular resource will prove a useful resource to adults with Dyspraxia as well the family, friends and professionals who interact with them. It averages 4.2 stars out of 5 from 26 reviews where is has been described as: “Essential reading”; “enlightening”; and “EXCELLENT for outlining Dyspraxic traits to a recently diagnosed person” and is currently available for £12.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info



Can I Tell You about Dyspraxia?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

dyspraxiaThis guide is about Marco, who has dyspraxia, sometimes referred to DCD (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder). Marco invites his readers to delve into the world of dyspraxia from his point of view, to help them to understand this difficulty and how it feels to struggle to control movement and coordination. Marco talks about the challenges that he faces as a consequence of living with dyspraxia whilst letting his readers know how they can help and support him. This book is the perfect introduction for parents, friends and teachers working with children with dyspraxia. The author, Maureen Boon, is a recently retired Headteacher of an independent school for children with physical disabilities.

Can I Tell You about Dyspraxia?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals averages 4.8 stars out of 5 on review where it has recently been described as: “A very helpful and informative book” and an “Excellent read, very interesting and useful” and is currently available for £8.64 with FREE DELIVERY.


That’s the Way I Think: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD Explained (David Fulton Books)

dyspraxiaIt is not until being exposed to this developmental co-ordination disorder that many people understand that many who struggle with dyspraxia (and dyslexia) also have ADHD. The revised edition of David Grant’s astute book builds upon our understanding of learning differences and looks out the challenges that these overlapping conditions raise.

Updated sections of the book consider visualisation and synaesthesia to help the enabling the reader to better understand the thoughts and sensory experiences of children with learning differences. In addition to explaining these conditions, this popular book looks at: colours and reading; creativity; and sports, genes and evolution. The enagaging style of That’s the Way I Think, will resonate deeply with those living with learning differences, and also with people close to them.

That’s the Way I Think averages a very impressive 5 stars out of 5 from 26 reviews where it has been described as: “incredible”; “a refreshing read”; and “rasy to read and understand”, and is currently available for £16.37 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Developmental Dyspraxia: Identification and Intervention: A Manual for Parents and Professionals

dyspraxiaMadeleine Portwood, the author of Developmental Dyspraxia: Identification and Intervention, is an Educational Psychologist and Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Dyspraxia Foundation. She has carried out extensive research in this area and is recognised as a leader in her field. This popular book – a best seller – is designed to help guide those working and living with children with dyspraxia.

The reviews speak for themselves: “This book is a Godsend”, “Full of fantastic ideas and practical things to do to help your child”, “Very helpfull for dyspraxia problems.It helped me understand a lot of issues”; “An excellent book with a strong structure and clear view of how dyspraxic children and young people can be helped. Practical and very informative based on sound research.” Currently REDUCED to £24.64 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


ADHD Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia (Understanding) (Family Doctor Books)

dyspraxiaThis book provides and overview of the four most common developmental disorders found in childhood: dyspraxia; dyslexia; adhd and autism. It covers diagnosis and treatment of each of them separately, but highlights how they often occur in combination. Some leading specialists now feel that having more than one of these disorders is actually more common than having to deal with one in isolation. Given the likelihood that they occur together, each of the four disorders are covered together in this book, the premise being that if the reader believes a child to have one of these disorders, it would be useful to gain an understanding of all of them.

This popular book averages 4.3 stars out of 5 from 38 reviews where it is decribed as: “very helpful would recommend for anyone suffering any of these problems”; “Great starting point for these conditions as you get the overall facts along with supporting advice” and “very informative”, and is currently available for £4.95 with FREE DELIVERY. More info



Waiting for a Voice: The Parent’s Guide to Coping with Verbal Dyspraxia

dyspraxiaVerbal Dyspraxia is a severe speech disorder, which is commonly found in children. It prevents the brain from sending the right message to the sufferers muscles in the mouth, with the result that the ability to speak is severely hindered. The psychological impact can be crippling for those suffering with it. It is crucual to be able to diagnose and understand this form of speech disorder before implementing the correct support structure annd therapeutic course.

Waiting for a Voice is a guide for families who need to support a child struggling with verbal dyspraxia. It averages 5 stars out of 5 on review where it has been described as: “hugely informative”; a ” must-have”; and “exactly what I was looking”, and is currently available for £9.98 with FREE DElIVERY. More info


Dyspraxia: Dyspraxic Adults Surviving in a Non-Dyspraxic World: A Dyspraxia Foundation Adult Support Group Publication

dyspraxiaThis book is written by adults with dyspraxia, for adults with dyspraxia. It provides tips and guidance on how to handle the everday challenges that this developmental co-ordination disorder throws at you. The book is helpful as so many others focus on the condition during childhood, whereas this one provides a full apprecioation of delaing with the disorder in later life during adulthood. The authors started a discussion group on-line for adults with dyspraxia (like themselves) to share coping strategies, stories and experiences. The book is the culmination of many people’s contributions, having shared their real life trials and tribulations.

The book includes chapters on: diagnosis in adulthood; related conditions; emotions; communication, numbers and hand writing. In addition, it also highlights some of the more positive facets of the condition. It is a must-read for adults with the condition and family and friends to better educate themselves on it. It averages 5 stars out of 5 on review where it is described as: “Brilliant book excellent read really useful and interesting, truly recommend”, and is currently available for JUST £9.99. More info


Dyspraxia/DCD Pocketbook

dyspraxiaThis Pocketbook, fully illustrated with cartoons, shares vital information about this ‘hidden disability’. It sets out how individuals and can be affected by dyspraxia and describes some of the many challenges they face. It describes how to help children to develop an ability to deal with the demands of education and how to provide them with the best opportunities to learn. A definition of the condition is provided, as are details of how to identify it. The author outlines the main areas of difficulty and suggests practical advice on how to go about addressing them. It includes chapters on: unction; memory; knock-on effects; and culminates witha advice on how to create the optimum environment in the classroom for dyspraxia sufferers. It concludes with a section on how to develop a dyspraxia-friendly classroom and provides a helpful list of resources, websites, suppliers, equipment and contacts. The author, Afroza Talukdar, is SEN advisory teacher and member of the education panel for the Dyspraxia Foundation.

This handy pocketbook averages 4.6 stars out of 5 from nine reviews where it has been described as follows: “found this book very useful was easy to follow and well laid out”; “This little book is very informative and a very useful resource”; and “easy to follow and well laid out” and is currently available for £8.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Dyspraxia 2nd Edition (Special Educational Needs)

dyspraxiaThis practical guide by Geoff Brookes is engaging and accessible, providing teachers and assistants with strategies and suggestions to help them to teach children with this developmental co-ordination disorder. Chapters include: What is Dyspraxia; the science behind it; frequently asked questions; the dyspraxic child; behaviour; assessment and behaviour; physiotherapy; apraxia; pre-school and nursery; dyspraxia in primary school and secondary school; the PE teacher; examination; and education beyond 18. From the outset this book will be of great value to anyone working with children.

The second Edition of this popular book from the Special Educational Needs series averages 4.8 stars out of 5 on review where it has been described as: “A very useful, concise, jargon free read that gives you the basics and a little more.” It is currently available for £14.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Can’t Play Won’t Play: Simply Sizzling Ideas to get the Ball Rolling for Children with Dyspraxia

dyspraxiaFocussing slightly less on the classroom, Can’t Play Won’t Play is packed full with useful advice to help children with DCD to enjoy the activities that are otherwise taken for for granted by kids. Regardless of the activity or sport that you are trying with your offspring, Can’t Play Won’t Play will provide handy advice to help develop the skills required to make it an enjoyable experience. All of the main childhood activities are covered by the advice in thsi book, (from rugby and football to skipping, skating and swimming) as are games to help build social skills and physical organization. Safety tips, equipment lists, photographs and diagrams outlining the activities are all included, and neat illustrations help make this book that bit more engaging. Can’t Play Won’t Play is highly recommended for those living and working with children with DCD.

It averages 4.7 stars out of 5 on review where one reviewer described it as follows: “Lots of helpful hints and guidance. A good addition to the family library” and is currently available for £13.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


Dyspraxia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents: Movement Development, Coordination, Organisation, Sequencing – A Guide for Teachers and Parents

dyspraxiaDyspraxia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents, bu Kate Ripley, aims to increase understanding of dyspraxia among those working with children, and to provide a information that is accessible to parents.

Chapters include: What is dyspraxia; a developmental perspective; assessment; the development of voluntary movement and how to help; and living with the condition.

It averages 5 stars out of 5 on review where it has been described as: “Just what I was looking for and very informative”; “impressed”; and “useful”, and is currently available for £27.99 with FREE DELIVERY. More info


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