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Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free Paperback – 15 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (15 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843103478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843103479
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Caged in Chaos is written with verve and a robust wit. -- The Times

Victoria gives good advice for all of us who are involved in supporting students with individual learning and behavioural needs. -- TES

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Winner of the Nasen/TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2005

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I have already attempted to review this book on two previous occasions. Either Amazon doesn't like my writing style or they don't agree with my comments. Anyway here we go third time lucky and all that. I have now read this book on three seperate occasions plus select lumps from time to time. For the parent of a dyspraxic teenager it explains so much, much more than my favourite youngest could ever convey to me verbally. When your child is, it seems, continually living in the midst of general disorganisation and chaos it is difficult to understand quite why that should be. Especially considering how neat, tidy and methodical my wife and I are. This young lady has explained so much in less than two hundred pages and in such witty and informative style too. The book deserves success and to parents of dyspraxics I say; read and you too might just gain the insight we have. Our daughter never seemed to fit the idea of a what a conventional child should be and that's great because we think she's just a bit more special than that. Now we have a far greater understanding of why she is so unique (well to us anyway). I would also respectfully suggest it becomes required reading for those in the teaching profession, they might understand why some people are not as well co-ordinated or organised as others. We are, thank God, not "all the same" as the author so eloquently details through out her work. Ms. Biggs is obviously a very extraordinary young lady in a very ordinary world, thank you for helping us to understand our daughter just that little bit better.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K Mew on 30 May 2007
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This book is so helpful,as I have dyspraxia.It has helped me understand a lot more about the condition.When I am having a hard time I know that I can always look at it.It is one of the most superb dyspraxia books.I got it for my birthday and it was a fab birthday present.She writes it with humour and wit,giving tips along with short paragraphs and poems of people who are going through the same.Well done Vicky!! Excellent can't wait for your next book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Ajrullah on 2 Dec. 2009
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The day it arrived, I read it pretty much all in one go, which almost NEVER happens for me as reading is a slow process for me!

This book is AMAZING. I was only diagnosed earlier this year, and at 21 that is quite later. Recieving a diagnosis and reading this book earlier would DEFINATELY have helped me through my teens as I really struggled, especially with socialising and self-esteem issues.
Reading this book, looking back, i'd say Victoria Briggs hit the nail right on the head. Her dyspraxia seems worse than mine, but I still feel like the book speaks to me, and I think someone who's co-ordiantion is worse than hers would still benefit from reading this.
The part that gave me the most inspiration is how she keeps going, finds the ability to laugh at herself, and wrote this book to help us all.
My parents are very unsupportive of my diagnosis, they 'don't believe in disabilities that aren't obvious'. I tried showing this book to my mum, she read a few pages and took SOME stuff on board, which is more than i was expecting. Thankfully, reading this book has given me a sense of self-understanding that has helped A LOT. It's now on my shelf and I know I can turn to some of the chapters whenever i need a few tips on how to handle something i'm unsure/upset/worried about.
Thank you Victoria :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E Barnett on 24 Mar. 2007
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This is a truely amazing book it was one of the first books I read after finding out I had dyspraxia it helpted me in several ways to understand myself and what dyspraxia is parts of the book felt like someone was writing about me.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2005
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A bright, honest piece of work that explains a lot for those of us struggling to cope with a dyspraxic family member. Full of sound practical advice the reader is also carried along discovering the emotional highs and lows of a dyspraxic teenager finding her way through life. Although a paradox of sadness and humour the writer carries you with her from page to page as she finds her direction in life. It is packed with information and a very, very good read! Who could really ask for more on such a serious topic?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Waldron on 2 Dec. 2008
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This book is a must for any teenager who is Dyspraxic. Victoria Biggs has made this book both interesting to read and informative with many suggestions for coping with everyday life/school etc. There are also lists of organisations for further help.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2005
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My reaction to this book can be likened to eating a superb meal -an initial sense of "mmmmm..." followed by the sensation of surprise as the different flavours touch your taste buds. As a non-dyspraxic I understood the 'differences' in theory but had never been able to put myself inside the condition. Vicky's book took me on a journey of discovery and I finally understood what a profound effect such differences make to people's lives. It is written in an amusing style which manages to be informative but not patronising and the quotes from fellow dyspraxics make this a sobering read. Her unique sense of humour shines through and the reader is left full of admiration for the positive attitude she displays. This book should be put on the recommended reading list for all those who work with young people; prejudice, bullying and pressure to 'conform' will not be eradicated until ignorance is replaced by tolerance and understanding.
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