Recommended Reading

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Caged in Chaos – by Victoria Biggs

ISBN 1-84310-347-8

A dyspraxic guide to breaking free:  a practical guide written by a teenager with dyspraxia. Packed with down to earth advice on a wide range of issues including body language, puberty, health and hygiene, family life and social skills.


Can’t Play Won’t Play – by Sharon Drew and Elizabeth Atter

ISBN 978 1 84310 601 2

This book is unique in that if focuses entirely on encouraging physical fitness through play and social activities rather than on exercises.  Full of ideas to get young people out and about doing physical activities for fun.


Co-ordination Difficulties – Practical Ways Forward – by Michele Lee

ISBN 1-84312-258-8

Co-ordination difficulties can affect every aspect of a child’s life.  Action plans to help teachers and teaching staff to respond immediately and effectively to pupils who are encountering difficulties.


Developmental Coordination Disorder – by Morvan F Ball

ISBN 1-84310-090-8Hints and tips for the activities of daily living.  This booklet answers commonly asked questions about DCD is full of information to aid parents, carers and professionals.


Developmental Dyspraxia 2nd edition – by Madeleine Portwood

ISBN 1-85346-573-9

Gives information on the neurological basis of dyspraxia; strategies for identification, diagnosis and assessment; details of how to set up and monitor programmes of activities to develop perceptual and motor skills, and support to develop self-esteem and educational achievement.


Discover Yourself – by Gill Dixon – A Dyspraxia Foundation publication 

A book for children with dyspraxia.  Aimed at 7 – 10 year olds with dyspraxia, this book has been illustrated by children.


Dyspraxia – Developmental Co-ordination Disorder by Amanda Kirby
ISBN 0-285-63512-3
Explains causes, symptoms and diagnostic procedures in straightforward terms. The book has chapters on parents’ and the family’s reactions and positive ways to cope; and on the problems faced by teenagers and adults who have dyspraxia.


Dyspraxia in the Early Years 2nd Edition – by Christine Macintyre                    I
SBN 978-0-415-47684-3
Practical ideas for nursery, infant and classrooms and coping at home.


Dyspraxia 5 – 14: A Practical Guide – by Christine Macintyre
ISBN 415-54396-7
Essential reading for teachers, parents, SENCOs, teaching assistants and trainee teachers who want to improve their understanding of dyspraxia and its implications for children in Key Stages 1-3


Getting Extra Help – An Advisory Centre for Education Publication
Revised edition. A step-by-step guide to the Code of Practice and hints and tips to help parents through the statementing process.


Guerilla Mum by Ellen Power
ISBN 1843109999
Getting the educational provision you need for your special needs child can feel like an uphill struggle. This book offers clear guidance on how authorities such as Local Education Authorities, schools, the National Health Service and the Government function, what the law entitles your child to, and how you can fight most effectively for the education they need. Interweaving real-life experience with practical advice, Guerrilla Mum is essential reading for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities.                   


Guide to Dyspraxia & Developmental Co-ordination Disorders – by Amanda Kirby & Sharon Drew
ISBN 1-85346-913-0
Takes a broader view of the difficulties that those with additional needs face and the wider implications for individuals at home and in the community.  Looks at what teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, therapists and parents can do.

How to increase the potential of students with DCD (Dyspraxia) in Secondary School – by Lois Addy
ISBN 978-1085503-553-9
This highly accessible book provides readers with an insight into how DCD (Dyspraxia) may affect students at Key Stages 3 and 4 and offers a wide range of practical strategies for supporting them and increasing their potential.


How to Succeed in College and University with Specific Learning Difficulties – A guide for Students, Educators and Parents – by Amanda Kirby

ISBN 978-0-28564-243-0
For any adult with specific learning difficulties going to college or university can be a challenge. From study skills, to budgeting, from cooking to relationships, Amanda Kirby identifies routes to success in both education and socially.


How to understand & support children with dyspraxia – by Lois Addy
ISBN 13 978 1 85503 381 8
An invaluable resource for teachers, teaching assistants and therapists. This practical book offers a wealth of ideas and strategies to support children with dyspraxia. This book includes: what to look for and checklists for identification


Living with Dyspraxia – by Mary Colley and the Adult and the Adult Support Group
ISBN 0-9545021-1-6
A guide for adults who have, or think they may have dyspraxia. It covers symptoms, diagnosis and coping with everyday life at home, college and in the workplace.


Making Inclusion Work for Children with Dyspraxia – by Gill Dixon & Lois Addy
ISBN 0-415-31489-5
How parents, teachers and health professionals can make a difference to a child’s ability to succeed in the classroom.  A unique insight and understanding of dyspraxia.


My Life; Hopes and Dreams; Adventures
A collection of poems and short stories written by people aged up to 25, demonstrating the fantastic creativity that is often hidden inside people with dyspraxia.

Speed Up! – by Lois Addy.

ISBN 13 978 1 85503 386 3
A tried-and-tested programme designed specifically for children aged 8-13, whose handwriting is slow, illegible or lacking in fluency

Take Time – by Mary Nash-Wortham & Jean Hunt.
ISBN 1-869981-58-8
Movement exercises for parents, teachers and therapists for children with difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling.


The Adolescent with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) – by Amanda Kirby

ISBN 1-84310-178-5
A common sense approach this book gives a series of practical ideas on how individuals can tackle these difficulties.  An essential resource for the adolescence and parents, teachers and therapists.


Understanding Developmental Dyspraxia; A Textbook for Students and Professionals  –by Madeleine Portwood  
ISBN 1-85346-574-7
Aimed at professionals and students working or training in the field of Developmental Dyspraxia. The book looks at the theoretical aspect and looks at latest research data and the neurological basis of the condition.


Understanding Dyspraxia – by Maureen Boon.
ISBN 978 1 84905 069 2
Reflects current practice and developments, providing clear and positive answers to questions commonly asked by parents and teachers about dyspraxia.


Write from the Start – by Ion Teodorescu and Lois M Addy
ISBN 1-85503-245-7                                                                                    Teodorescu Perceptuo-Motor Programme. Developing fine motor and perceptual skills for effective handwriting; an approach that gently guides the child through the various stages to lay the foundation for a fluent, accurate hand. (2 A4 books with over 250 pages and teacher’s handbook)


Working with Dyspraxia – a Hidden Asset Dyspraxia Foundation
A Dyspraxia Foundation Guide for Employers This innovative Employers Guide, developed to support a series of workshops funded by the Adult and Community Learning Fund was produced by professionals with extensive experience of supporting adults with neurodiverse conditions in the workplace and incorporates feedback from workshop participants. This comprehensive book covers HR issues, routes to help and an explanation of differences. This book is a vital resource for employees and employers.


100 Ideas for supporting pupils with dyspraxia and DCD – by Amanda Kirby & Lynne Peters
ISBN 978-0-8264-9440-5
A book written to give ideas and tips for supporting children and young people with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and dyspraxia


The Dyspraxic Learner : Strategies for Success – by Alison Patrick
ISBN 978 1 84905 594 9.
With a wealth of practical strategies for teaching and supporting students with dyspraxia aged from 11 years up to college or university level, this book addresses all aspects of learning and ways in which teaching can be tailored to the dyspraxic learner.


You’re So Clumsy Charley – byJane Binnion
ISBN 978-1-909320-60-4
Charley always seemed to get into trouble, though he didn’t mean to. He was getting fed up with going to school, because he felt different than most of the other kids.Then he met his Aunty Bella….and everything changed.


Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) – by Philip Wylie

ISBN 978-1084905-433-1

How seeking a diagnosis in Adulthood can change your life.

This book discusses the process, the pros and cons and the after effects of receiving an autism diagnosis in adulthood. Combining practical guidance with advice from personal experience alongside interviews with specialists in the field, the book discusses common reactions to a diagnosis, if and when to disclose to family, friends and employers, how to seek appropriate support and how to use the self-knowledge gained through diagnosis to live well in the future.


Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club by Jane Evans
ISBN 978-1-909320-64-2
A delightful children’s book illustrated by Ruth Mutch

Vera McLuckie hates school.  Mainly because she struggles with stuff the other kids find easy.  Oh, and because she keeps getting into trouble for doing what she is really good at – daydreaming.  So when Vera gets the chance to show just how extraordinary she is, will she dare take on the coolest, smartest girl in the whole of Acorn Bank Primary?

A lovely story in itself that most children will relate to, dealing as it does with lack of self-belief, peer pressure and the bullying that goes along with not necessarily being the most popular kid in class. Whilst not named in the book explicitly, the three main characters exhibit dyspraxic, dyslexic and autistic (Asperger’s Syndrome) tendencies respectively. So the story can be used by parents and teachers as a catalyst for discussing what it is like to have a learning difficulty. In schools, teachers can use the book on a one-to-one, group or class basis to help raise awareness and improve well-being.

Dyspraxia  – The Foundations – by Gill Dixon

NB: Kindle Edition available from Amazon only

A comprehensive introduction to dyspraxia with quick and easy e- links to relevant information on the Dyspraxia Foundation website. The book covers, diagnosis, what dyspraxia is and isn’t, its impact, movement difficulties, family issues, visual learning difficulties, support strategies and more. This is an excellent and inexpensive book for those starting out on their journey with dyspraxia, but equally is excellent additional information for anyone interested in the condition, with prior knowledge, or who supports someone with the condition. It avoids complicated jargon and is a really accessible book which can be read as a whole or dipped into as needs arise. It is the only book to date with a detailed chapter on visual learning difficulties written by an expert in the field.

The books author, Gill Dixon lives with three family members with the condition who are diagnosed from mild to severe. She is also a nurse and a teacher and so offers a unique perspective with a foot in health, education and as someone directly affected by the condition. Gill has written two other books on dyspraxia and is currently Chair of the Education Panel and Trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation. All proceeds from this book will go directly to the Charity in a bid to help it continue its excellent work. A welcome addition to any bookshelf and it will enable the reader to appreciate that dyspraxia is very much more than just a motor difficulty. It is a complex and subtle condition that impacts on every aspect of a person’s life.


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

NB: Kindle Edition available from Amazon only

This book, written by and for adults with dyspraxia offers a wealth of information and practical strategies to address the daily challenges experienced by adults with dyspraxia in all areas of life. Previously considered a disorder of childhood, dyspraxia (a form of developmental coordination disorder) is now recognised to affect individuals across the lifespan. Despite this, awareness and understanding of dyspraxia in adulthood is limited. To address this gap in knowledge the editors of this book, who both have dyspraxia, set up an on-line discussion group for adult dyspraxics to share their experiences and coping strategies. Their aim was to write a book that focused on the issues that matter to adult dyspraxics, share coping strategies and provide reassurance to other adult dyspraxics that they are not alone in experiencing life as they do. Many individuals have contributed to the development of this book, providing real-life examples of challenges and strategies. Their quotes are used throughout the book. Chapters include being diagnosed as an adult, over-lapping conditions, the social and medical models of disability, emotional well-being, communication skills, numeracy and handwriting. As well as highlighting recurring struggles, the book also draws attention to positive aspects of the condition. This book is essential reading for adults with dyspraxia, whether diagnosed in childhood or as an adult, to family members who want to develop a better understanding of the condition, and anyone else who is interested professionally, personally or academically in dyspraxia in adulthood.

The book is dedicated to the life of Mary Colley (1953-2010), mentor and advocate for adult dyspraxics and former member and Trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation.

Toolkit for parents/carers of school-aged children with dyspraxia/DCD – Dyspraxia Foundation

NB:  Kindle Edition available from Amazon only

This toolkit was developed by the Dyspraxia Foundation for parents/carers of young people with dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder – DCD), a condition that affects gross and fine motor coordination in children and adults and that can also affect speech, organisational and planning skills, memory and perception. The toolkit offers a wealth of information and practical suggestions to help parents address the daily challenges experienced by children with dyspraxia/DCD at home, at school and in their leisure activities. The techniques and tools included in this toolkit will help parents/carers build their child’s independence and resilience, ensuring they can reach their potential in all areas of life. Chapters include information about dyspraxia/DCD; accessing professional help; how parents/carers can help at home; working in partnership with schools; supporting your child’s wellbeing; and supporting your child’s participation in social and leisure activities. This toolkit is essential reading for parents/carers of children who have dyspraxia/DCD, for parents/carers of children who are waiting for an assessment, and for parents/carers who are concerned about their child’s motor/organisational development and who want to do something ‘while they wait’ for professional assessment or support.