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    Amanda Kirby(Author)

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A parents' guide from pre-school to adulthood - Dyspraxia - The hidden handicap by Dr Amanda Kirby. Dyspraxia, a condition which causes coordination difficulties, also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), is truly a hidden handicap and one that can lead to severe educational and social problems for the child. Affecting three times as many boys as girls, it can make the child a social outcast, provoke bullying and seriously damage his self-esteem. Yet outwardly he appears like all other children. Amanda Kirby, a doctor whose second son has dyspraxia, writes from long experience of the questions parents ask and of strategies that help the child to overcome his problems. Mindful that the condition may be diagnosed at any stage, she covers the years from pre-school to adulthood, offering practical improvement techniques for home and school, and discussing the implications of the condition for the child's future. She deals sympathetically with the emotional reactions of parents, siblings and, not least, the child himself, and suggests positive ways of coping with them. What most parents want above all is information - about causes, symptoms, diagnostic procedures and other possible conditions. The book explains all these in simple terms and also includes a glossary of technical words that may be used by professionals. A full list of resources makes the book a valuable source of reference for expert help and support. Illustrated with cheerful drawings by Sian Koppel, this hopeful, practical book can help bring about real improvements in the lives of children who have dyspraxia.

"A brilliant new book for parents of dyspraxic children." -- 'Candis'"The first wide-ranging and popular guide for parents... It is both immensely practical and written from the heart." -- 'Daily Telegraph'"This book is an interesting mix of relatively heavy theory and excellent suggestions... a useful book to have on the classroom shelf." -- 'Nursey World'"Dr Kirby's practical experiences and observations of children and adults with dyspraxia is highly accessible and readable." -- 'Dyslexia Contact'"She writes from considerable experience... offers improvement techniques for home and school." -- 'Irish Independent'

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Amanda Kirby(Author)
  • Souvenir Press Ltd; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2006)
  • English
  • 4
  • Science & Nature

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  • By k80 on 17 July 2017

    This is the most depressing book I've read so far about specific learning difficulties. It starts off using an example of parents who were told their son had DCD only to find out later that he in fact had cerebral palsy. The rest of the book goes on to focus entirely on worst case scenarios rather than the broad spectrum of issues children with DCD face.

  • By Sc Lloyd on 23 March 2017

    A useful book to learn the basics about dyspraxia / DCD. I already knew most of this as I had done lots of research and so didn't really get as much to take away for practical help. Good for reassuring parents.

  • By Guest on 18 April 2017

    A really great book & a fascinating read as a parent of a child who has recently been watched for Dyspraxia at school.

  • By pmuncey@iee.org on 10 April 2001

    We bought this book to find out more about dyspraxia and the effects on those it touches. It is really a genuinely good introduction to this condition but doesn't go into enough depth. It covers alot of ground but fails to explore areas in enough detail. As an general introduction to dyspraxia it is good, but thats as far as it goes.

  • By Mutley on 24 February 2006

    This book offers a good basic insight into Dyspraxia and DCD, and offers suggestions for strategies and ways to cope with the condition. Open, honest and easy to dip into; it helps parents and students alike to understand some of the complexities of Dyspraxia, and offers some suggestions for alterntive conditions.Although there are newer books (this one is a re-print of 1999, and with a slightly different cover to that shown), this book neverthless has some exellent points. As a parent and a teaching student I have found it a great addition to my collection. Others such as Kirby's newer works are more detailed in terms of brain development, but this one offers holistic advice for the whole family without the worry of the associated heavy jargon.A nice easy read.

  • By Dineke on 14 January 2013

    An excellent book to support parents and teachers. Check in to Dyscovery Centre Newport Wales for all things on Dyspraxia/DCD and ADHD. All writings by Prof Amanda Kirby to be much recommended.

  • By ams on 12 July 2011

    This book is aimed mostly at parents and teachers of children. There is not much about adults but if you suffer dyspraxia as an adult, reading it may help you tracking down the effects of dyspraxia on your life even as a child and understanding many more things about your past, placing all the pieces of the puzzle together. It is a bit outdated (eg says that there are many more males with dyspraxia but this has been dismissed by new research. I really recommend the second edition (2010) of "That's the way it is" by David Grant which focuses on the inter-lapping amongst dyspraxia, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. The latter is very up to date and offers a better understanding on the way the brain works and affirms that dyspraxia affects lots of different areas (such as working memory as well as visual-spatial abilities) and should be seen as a lifestyle and not a separate condition.


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