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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 4th Revised edition edition (30 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843104520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843104520
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book offers excellent advice throughout numerous areas of difficulty including organisation of both self and home, communication and relationships, leisure activities, study skills and very useful tips on how to cope with the workplace. The clarity with which the information is presented, not only helps those who struggle to cope with Dyspraxia, but also enables those with a wider interest in improving generic provision to understand the day to day issues faced by the adult with DCD/Dyspraxia. The information given is both positive and practical. -- Patoss

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Mary Colley was diagnosed with Dyspraxia, as well as ADHD and Dyslexia, in her midforties. Since that point, she has helped set up the Dyspraxia Foundation Adult Support Group, and achieved a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties at the Hornsby Centre. She went on to help form DANDA (Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association) a charity working with adults with dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's Syndrome, AD(H)D and related syndromes. She has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of Dyspraxia and other specific learning disabilities, via print, radio and national media. This book was previously published in 2000, and sold over 2500 copies.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bookywooky on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I read Silverness' comment just before I was browsing to buy a book on dyspraxia and thought alas , this title says everything I need to know. BUT I have just put this book down in sheer frustration.
I was diagnosed with dyspraxia a couple of years ago and having read through it's diagnostics I can identify myself as a mild case dyspraxic and un-identify with majority of the gross and fine motor skills. I found the book incredibly harsh and condescending. What is more disheartening is the 5-line paragraph on the positive aspects. Well there is hope! It fails to mention how adults or children may have adapted coping mechanisms and perceives the individual to be completely inadequate.
I'm sure people may find it informative of which it is but I found it irritating in the first few pages.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. La Martin on 14 April 2009
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Having just received a diagnosis in my late 30s I headed straight to Amazon. This book is recommended by numerous Dyspraxia support groups and associations and it is not hard to see why.

Everything made sense to me - my childhood quirks and learning/attention difficulties as well as coordination problems.

This book is a gentle introduction to the subject, it's not too wordy and doesn't read like a text book. An easy read, but yet very informative.

The author was also diagnosed as having dyspraxia and therefore she is an authority on the subject.

I recommend this book to other people with dyspraxia, young and old, families who want to be more understanding and teachers/early years workers who are looking to improve their practice and adjust their teaching styles accordingly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 30 Nov. 2012
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This book was recommended to me as my boyfriend is a diagnosed sufferer of Asperger's and severe Dyspraxia, and we are positive (as we can be without a diagnosis) that my dad is the same. This was a hilarious way to get my dad to go for a proper diagnosis. We all laughed together about how the book was practically a biography of the pair of them.

A lot of people have said it's not making many positive points - I think you need to remember that there's a reason why it's considered a learning difference/disability, and when researching it you shouldn't expect overnight cures or silver linings you were previously unaware of. I think this book is EXCELLENT for outlining Dyspraxic traits to a recently diagnosed person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jen on 2 Feb. 2011
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I was diagnosed with dsypraxia a year ago and am 52 years of age. I found this book very helpful as it is very practical and contains a lot of commonsense advice as well as sources for further information etc. As the author was also dyspraxic I did not find it condescending (as it might have been if written by a professional). I agree with a previous poster that some of the advice was not relevent to those with less severe forms of dsypraxia, but I think it is helpful to have an all round guide and select the information that you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Mar. 2013
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Having recently realised I have Dyspraxia I bought this book hoping it would be a revelation. I didn't learn too much that I didn't already know but it helped to give me the confidence to ask for a formal diagnosis. There is a helpful questionnaire in the back of the book that I used to show my GP exactly why I think I have it. I was referred with no problems and it saved me forgetting everything I needed to say!!
If you think you have dyspraxia this book will help confirm things for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Silveress on 7 Mar. 2009
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Having found "Caged in Chaos" brilliant and really useful for my teenage son, I was looking forward to some pointers to prepare him for adulthood. So I was rather disappointed that this was a bit of a re-hash of the other one and that the whole tone of the book gave the impression that people with dyspraxia are severely disabled. Perhaps some are - my son is not, so I don't feel it's appropriate for him to read it. Having said this, there is a very useful section on studying at college/university.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Petre on 22 Feb. 2011
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I am 47 and became aware of my dyspraxia around 3 years ago. I have not had a formal diagnosis, but have always been aware of my 'differences.' These are severe enough for me not to have mastered the art of driving a car, but I can do most other things, albeit slowly. The problem with this book is that it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know: I've already figured out that I need to keep documents/items in clear plastic folders or boxes, or that I'm likely to trip up over cables, so cordless devices are a good idea, and other similar pointers. It left me feeling disabled rather than hopeful, and I didn't feel it would be a helpful book to show to others to explain my condition.

I ordered another book at the same time", That's the Way I think" and found that far more interesting and affirming of my differences. This one ended up being sold.

On a positive note, it did make me feel "I'm not alone!"
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Aug. 2010
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As so many have said before 'a book about ME!!' Thats how I felt when I read this book. I am medically undiagnosed but have thought I was dyspraxic for a long time. Now this book has confirmed it for me. Thankfully I am at the milder end of the spectrum. So many things I read, especially the ideas, thinking 'I already do that!'. In other words I have taught myself to cope in a non-dyspraxic world. When I bought this book I also made an appointment with my Dr to get a diagnosis, but after reading how difficult it is I cancelled the appt. I decided I do not need formal recognition for what I already know, and i do not need a 'label'.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels as I did that they may be dyspraxic. Now, thanks to this book I know I am different from most people. I understand my mind works differently, and I am happy with who I am.
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