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Developmental Dyspraxia: Identification and Intervention: A Manual for Parents and Professionals [Kindle Edition]

Madeleine Portwood
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First published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the mother of a Dyspaxic child 21 Feb. 2008
This book is a Godsend, it is written in a no nonsense way, as was observed in a previous review.

My daughter has battled with Dyspraxia since the day she was born, in the early stages we simply didn't know what the problem was, in fact it is only latterly that we found out. To a degree she has been ostracised because of the condition, other children do not understand that she has to work twice as hard as them to achieve half of what they do. Despite this she has a sunny personality that shines through.

When I read chapter 5 'Research Evidence' I couldn't put this book down, here was an answer to a problem I'd been striving to find. I immediately contacted my daughter's school and asked if they would be willing to try something similar. My daughter attends a small rural school in Devon, no backwater, for the staff in her school are highly motivated and immediately agreed to a pilot scheme during every lunch hour, to help my daughter and any children like her, using older children as mentors to help them understand the difficulties children like my daughter face daily. The pilot starts this week, who'd have thought simply reading a book would lead to this? Hat's off to East Worlington School, The Head and her staff! I only use a pen name to protect my daughter's identity, amazing book! well worth the read!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Developmental Dyspraxia 25 Feb. 2010
I am a SENCO and bought this manual 12years ago - it was great then and furnished us with all that we needed to know to assess and set up a programme for dyspraxic individuals of any age. The revised edition which I have just purchased is even better with latest info & research. Madelaine Portwood is excellent - her lectures are brilliant if you have the opportunity to attend one and the work she has done with the BBC in the past with young offenders consolidates everything she writes about - it WORKS! How any education establishment survives without it I do not know.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Madeleine Portwood's book is the classic text on dyspraxia. The facts are clearly presented. There are case studies that help you understand dyspraxia and its potential to affect so many aspects of your child's life. There are very useful suggestions for easy-to-do therapeutic activities that may help your child to further develop his/her abilities. If you want to buy one book on dyspraxia, I'd recommend this one. (My second recommendation would be "Can't Play, Won't Play" also on Amazon).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Developmental dyspraxia 29 Sept. 2013
By Ruth
An excellent book with a strong structure and clear view of how dyspraxia children and young people can be helped. Practical and very informative based on sound research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 15 Feb. 2002
What a wonderful insight into this handicap, I work with young children and found this to be extremely interesting. It helped me to realize how difficult simple tasks must be for these children. It was very useful to help identify children who we thought had a problem, and useful ideas on how to help them. An excellent book for anyone who works with children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 Nov. 2012
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Very good clear book, perfect for an introduction to the subject. A must whether you are student researching or a parent or person with dyspraxia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 30 Nov. 2011
By Afizia
Excellent, most useful book. This book has explained the many questions about my son's dyspraxia and especially those regarding why. Lots of detail and I particularly find useful the section on adult dyspraxia.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little too academic for parents 22 Aug. 2011
By Emma
Not as useful to me as some of the other books on Amazon on this topic. Unless the parent wants to take on the role of therapist I would recommend something more along the lines of "Can't play Won't play."
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