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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely straight forward basic read
Very easy reading, good basic starter book. Gave me the confidence to request an assessment for my son and some ideas to get started with a plan.
Published 13 months ago by Helen Blake

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sports science
I bought this to explore a hunch: that increasing hand strength can increase hand dexterity. This book, which seems to be lifted largely from the author's PhD thesis, provides some evidence of that, as well as the fact that treatment for DCD seems under-researched. Instead there has been too much focus on accommodation, acceptance, even resignation.
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Published 2 months ago by J. Minton


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2.0 out of 5 stars Sports science, 14 Feb 2014
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I bought this to explore a hunch: that increasing hand strength can increase hand dexterity. This book, which seems to be lifted largely from the author's PhD thesis, provides some evidence of that, as well as the fact that treatment for DCD seems under-researched. Instead there has been too much focus on accommodation, acceptance, even resignation.
Unfortunately the practical exercises presented seem to have limited evidence to support their effectiveness. Moreover, publically siphoning off less coordinated children from their peers can add insult to injury: signalling to school-children who among their peers are clumsy and weak and should become targets of derision. Managed poorly, a programme like this could include social side effects which are worse than the 'disease'.
Perhaps either more emphasis on discretion and consent would have made the suggestions more palatable. The advice for coaches can read as bullying in places: the children won't want to do some of these exercises, so they must be pushed. This is a bad attitude. The 'customer' should be the child, not the parent. The child should be fully willing, able to understand the benefits the programme will confer from the start. Without consent, and despite a commendable aim, a programme like this risks trying to beat a three-legged dog into developing a better gait.
For boys at least, perhaps more of a focus on developing physical strength would make a programme like this more appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely straight forward basic read, 22 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump: A Simple Exercise Program for Home and School (Paperback)
Very easy reading, good basic starter book. Gave me the confidence to request an assessment for my son and some ideas to get started with a plan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beating Dyspraxia, 17 Dec 2011
This review is from: Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump: A Simple Exercise Program for Home and School (Paperback)
Good read from a person who works with children and who understands Dyspraxia. Easy read and informative, generally good all round.
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