Books on Dyspraxia

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Ball, Morven F.
Common characteristics amongst children with dyspraxia, Asperger Syndrome and associated conditions include difficulty with movement and specific aspects of learning. These traits have now been identified as Developmental Coordination Disorder (or DCD). This easy-to-read booklet answers commonly asked questions about DCD and provides all the necessary information to aid parents, carers and professionals in improving their child's motor and sensory skills. The handy hints and tips demonstrate how sometimes correcting the little things can lead to big results.

Biggs, Victoria
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.

Boon, Maureen
Helping Children with Dyspraxia provides clear and positive answers to the questions commonly asked by parents and teachers about behaviour, causes, identification and assessment associated with dyspraxia and discusses the range of possible therapeutic interventions. Drawing on her extensive experience working with children with movement disorders and liaising with their mainstream schools, Maureen Boon shows how a therapeutic approach can benefit this group and how parents and teachers can actively participate in the child's therapy. She provides information and ideas for parents and teachers wanting to improve the child's movements and language abilities and thus increase their self confidence and self esteem. Helping Children with Dyspraxia is a concise yet comprehensive handbook for parents and professionals. Its clear structure and practical, positive advice will make it an invaluable resource for anyone involved with a dyspraxic child.

Cermak, Sharon
A multidisciplinary and multicultural exploration and analysis of developmental coordination disorder, for anyone working with children or adults with the disorder. Addresses the underlying mechanisms, functional indications and intervention strategies for this disorder.

Colley, Mary
For people with Developmental Dyspraxia, everyday life can pose a multitude of problems. Tasks the majority of people would find simple can often be taxing and frought with difficulty. Living with Dyspraxia was written to help all adults with Dyspraxia tackle the everyday situations that many people take for granted. It is full of practical advice on everything from getting a diagnosis to learning how to manage household chores. Important topics are addressed, such as self-esteem, whether to disclose your condition within the workplace, how to communicate more effectively and also how Dyspraxia often interacts with other conditions, such as Dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. This practical resource will be of use to adults with Dyspraxia, the professionals and families members who come into contact with them as well as those who simply wish to learn more about Dyspraxia.

Kirby, Amanda; Sugden, David
Adolescence is hard for most of us, but for an individual with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) it can be twice as hard. Amanda Kirby, Medical Director of the Dyscovery Centre and the mother of a DCD child herself, addresses the main difficulties encountered by adolescents with DCD, including building relationships and coping with secondary school.

Kurtz, Lisa
Coordination problems often make everyday activities a challenge for children with learning disabilities. This accessible manual offers practical strategies and advice for helping children with coordination difficulties. The author explains how to recognize normal and abnormal motor development, when and how to seek help and includes specific teaching strategies to help children with coordination difficulties succeed in the classroom, playground and home. She describes a wide range of therapeutic methods and provides a comprehensive list of resources. Full of practical help, this is essential reading for anyone caring for, or working with, children with developmental motor concerns.

Kurtz, Lisa
When a child has a developmental delay affecting motor coordination and development the ramifications are far reaching, from the daily tasks of dressing and brushing your teeth, to learning to write and participating in sports. How to Help a Clumsy Child is a practical resource manual and 'how to help' book for parents of, or professionals working with, young children with motor coordination developmental delays. It covers a range of topics, including recognizing normal and abnormal motor development, when and how to seek help, an overview of approaches used to help the clumsy child, and specific teaching strategies appropriate for both parents and professional caregivers. Rather than focusing upon one specific frame of reference, Lisa Kurtz offers a diverse range of ways to manage motor coordination and development problems, and also discusses the controversial nature of therapy for these children. Multiple tables and lists serve as quick reference guides and the three appendices include extensive further reading and an invaluable contacts list, making this an essential resource for anyone caring for or working with children with developmental motor concerns.

Macintyre, Christine
This text shows professionals who are working in early years settings how to understand the specific difficulties a child with dyspraxia may encounter. It encourages them to consider the wider implications of the disorder for both home and school environments. The author demonstrates clearly and practically: how existing classroom conditions and routines can be adapted to encompass the needs of the child with dyspraxia or motor difficulties; the checklists and oservation schedules which can be used to give a fuller picture of the problems facing such a child; how to breakdown the basic movement patterns into different competency levels so that progress can be made via appropriate teaching points; and how analysing the movement patterns of a child can reveal their cognitive development.

Miller-Kuhaneck, Heather
Uniquely comprehensive, this book stands in stark contrast to the narrow focus of many other books, which deal with specific or narrow aspects of the PDD spectrum. Included in this volume are chapters that present the basics, including diagnostic criteria, typical range of symptoms and behaviors, and impact on family functioning; extensive material specific to assessment and intervention, including tools and techniques, using the team approach, intervention strategies, commonly offered alternatives, and research to date; worksheets, sample assessment tools and checklists, and progress report forms; suggested readings and extensive listings of further resources, web sites, and organizations, including contact information; convenient tables, instructive diagrams, and figures; and case studies. This book presents essential, broad-based information for students, entry-level practitioners, and advanced practitioners new to this critical area of practice.

Nichol, Tim
This book tells a tale of a child and his family that shows, in a light hearted way, the trials and tribulations that a child with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD, Dyspraxia) may go through in his everyday life from the moment he gets up until he goes to bed at night. It shows the way that other children and even parents can view the child and the real impact this has on the child's view of himself. It gives the reader insight into what it is really like for the child himself. The book will be useful for parents of children with DCD and other specific learning difficulties and teachers who come into contact and want to help and support the child in the classroom and in the playground. It is not just a story but also gives the teacher constructive strategies that can be tried with the child, so it is instructive as well as informative.

Portwood, Madeleine
n this text, the emphasis is placed on the theoretical aspects of developmental dyspraxia, the latest research data and the neurological basis of the condition. The focus is to enable professionals to diagnose the disorder and determine the most appropriate and effective methods of intervention.

Ripley, Kate; Daines, Bob; Barrett, Jenny

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