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Victoria Biggs
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15 Feb 2005
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.

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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 (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,302 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful and enjoyable book 30 May 2007
By K Mew
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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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 1 April 2005
By A Customer
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you Victoria Briggs :) 2 Dec 2009
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caged in Chaos, a very appropriate title! 14 April 2009
I ordered this book as it was recommended by one of the leading experts on Dyspraxia awareness.

It is written by a young woman who literally suffers with dyspraxia. If you are looking for a worst case scenario then this book is for you.

I have just received a diagnosis, and as my dyspraxia is mild I found this book a real comfort to me - I have something to compare it to, and I am lucky that I will never experience it to the extremes this book describes.

This book is insightful in that it demonstrates the possible severity of the condition and possible strategies to side step some difficult issues surrounding it.

Teachers, health and education students, and families for whom dyspraxia feels debilitating may gain from the content, but I would suggest Living with Dyspraxia for a more rounded view of the condition and the support/ strategies available.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight to being dyspraxic 24 Mar 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary read! 2 Aug 2005
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A good informative read 2 Dec 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dyspraxia
My granddaughter found it very helpful and reassuring.
Published 1 month ago by degas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wood highly recommend this book for dyspraxia sufferers
Wood highly recommend this book for dyspraxia sufferers, parents and teachers. Helped me understand what my son was dealing with.
Published 1 month ago by Carole Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for this condition
Brilliant book it had lots of answer to many questions that I had!! Fab service as well very quick and reliable many thanks A***
Published 1 month ago by Hayley Wye
5.0 out of 5 stars chaos unlocked
a great book for research for those that need information about this problem. bought mainly to provide a bit of insight into this.
Published 3 months ago by ian forsyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to gain knowledge of dyspraxia for those of high intellect
Excellent book to read if you want to get a sense of how serious dyspraxia can be, but also gain hope and a good laugh at the same time! Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Lilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled by your teenager? Read this.
Reader friendly and jargon free. Recommended for family members who will recognise their dyspraxic teenager in the text.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
This gives a clear, down-to-earth explanation of what it's like to live with dyspraxia, and some help with coping strategies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Claire L. Taylor-shepherd
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent bilge
From rubbish poetry through to unhelpful tips this book encourages dyspraxics to be self-indulgent and miserable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This is an amazing book, so beautifully and clearly written I cried as for the first time understood certain things about my own son's actions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SD
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, engaging and practical
Really helped me gain some insight into what it is to live with dyspraxia. Felt very engaged with the writer, Vicky.
Published 8 months ago by PW
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