Can I tell you about Dyspraxia?
Release Date:01 Mar 2014

Can I tell you about Dyspraxia?

A guide for friends, family and professionals

By Maureen Boon; Illustrated by Imogen Hallam
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Meet Marco - a boy with dyspraxia, which is sometimes called Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD). Marco invites readers to learn about dyspraxia from his perspective, helping them to understand what it is and what it feels like when he sometimes struggles to control his movement and co-ordination. He talks about the challenges of having dyspraxia and lets readers know how he can be helped and supported.

This illustrated book will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with dyspraxia. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

RELATED TOPICS: Disability Studies, Education
Marco has dyspraxia, and this interesting and well written book explains many of the problems he must deal with... He gives lots of hints about how to help him - and things he does to help himself... We are given some facts about dyspraxia - and about verbal dyspraxia - and at the end of the book there are lists of ways parents, teachers and friends can help. There is also an excellent list of useful organisations, many of them international. There really should be a copy of this book in every school.

– Healthy Books blog

A wonderfully useful little book! Demystifying, non-patronising, and with loads of practical suggestions for parents, teachers and dyspraxic children themselves. – Sue Palmer, literacy specialist and author of Toxic Childhood
The book is written in an accessible style from the perspective of a teenager who has dyspraxia. It is powerful to read about the main issues for children written in their own voice. Many children as well as their friends and families would find it helpful and reassuring that they are not the only one who faces the difficulties described by Marco. – Kate Ripley, Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist, author of Inclusion for Children with Dyspraxia/DCD and co-author of Dyspraxia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Maureen Boon recently retired as Headteacher of Vranch House, an independent school for children with physical disabilities in Exeter which provides therapeutic interventions for children with movement and associated disorders such as cerebral palsy and dyspraxia. She has worked with children with movement disorders for over thirty years, and previously taught in primary schools. She is the author of Understanding Dyspraxia: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Imogen Hallam studied illustration at Plymouth University and has worked on a variety of images for children's fiction and educational publications. She lives and works in Devon.
Introduction. 1. What it's like to have dyspraxia. 2. Getting dressed and changed. 3. Going to secondary school. 4. Before I went to school. 5. Early signs of dyspraxia. 6. Difficulties at primary school. 7. Going for an assessment. 8. Therapy groups. 9. Handwriting and fine motor skills. 10. Getting organised for school. 11. Sport. 12. Maths and Science. 13. Some facts about Dyspraxia. 14. How parents can help. 15. How teachers can help. 16. How other children can help. Recommended reading, websites and useful organisations.
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