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.
'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.
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.