Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free Paperback – 15 Feb 2005
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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
I am currently developing new academic programmes and I hoped by reading a personal account of dyspraxia that I would be able to develop some understanding and insight into the condition, which would ultimately inform my teaching. I was not disappointed. This is a book that leaves you with a very strong impression of the impact of dyspraxia on people's lives. (The Higher Education Academy)
'Caged in Chaos is peppered with illustrations and words written by children and young people with dyspraxia and other learning difficulties, and it is easy to understand how helpful Victoria's insights and explanations will be to other dyspraxics, their parents, teachers and other people involved in their lives. The advice Victoria gives is practical and down to earth; she deals with everyday issues such as social skills, body language, health and hygiene, puberty, relationships and family life'. (Dyspraxia News)
This very informative book, about a young adult who has dyspraxia, is a much needed addition to my library. Although I have worked with children of all ages who have dyspraxia, it is difficult to put yourself in their shoes. The very obvious physical difficulties can be understood, although the effect this has on their self-confidence and esteem is not so obvious. However, the author clearly describes how her life has evolved and the impact her poor organisational skills have had on every aspect of her life. She offers very practical “tips” which have helped her through the very difficult period of life known as adolescence... It is a book I will be recommending to parents and other professionals who work with young people and this disorder. It will be extremely useful for therapists (occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language) who are new to this field of paedriatrics. Additionally, I feel that young people who have dyspraxia will also use it as a resource to help them to validate their experiences and feel that someone has understood explicitly what they are experiencing. It is already a well-thumbed book! (NAPOT)
The 16-year-old author writes with a spirited and humorous style, using a mature approach to a vast range of topics and revealing her personal strengths and weaknesses with quirky honesty... Ms Biggs' advice is rich and relevant but realistic and practical. I have rarely read a book which offers such a vast range of useful strategies... The author skilfully acknowledges the issues which family members might have while growing up with someone who has dyspraxia, and her recommendations to teachers span generic topics as well as specific curriculum subjects. Her empathy with and support for those who have dyspraxia oozes with apparent ease from everything she writes and I would be surprised if anyone fails to feel empowered and enriched by what she has to offer. (Good Autism Practice)
Written by a 16 year old with dyspraxia, this book provides a profound and humbling insight into an often misunderstood condition. It is packed with useful advice on how it feels to be dyspraxic and how to understand the physical, social, emotional and psychological aspects of developmental co-ordination disorder. The effects of short term memory, clumsiness and disorganisation are explored along with bullying, self-esteem and loneliness. The style is conversational, with examples and life experiences from a number of young dyspraxics. Chapters on a survival guide to school, making the grade, and coping with growing up are most useful. Dyspraxia has been described as lying in a parallel universe. This book explores a galaxy of ideas, thoughts, emotions and supportive actions for the classroom and beyond. (The Teacher)
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Top Customer Reviews
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 :)
Have a great time at University, Vicky and thanks!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a newly diagnosed dyspraxic and this book is FANTASTIC, so many times I have laughed to myself in relief when I have related to something that I've just read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lydia Straker
What a brilliantly written book by a dyspraxia teenage girl. Articulate, funny & informative. I bought this book because my son was finally diagnosed with dyspraxia aged 17 & wants... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cathy Duck
The book fails to properly define what Dyspraxia is, how to cope with it, and seems to lack confidence that Dyspraxia even exists. It also is very poorly written.Published 6 months ago by Daniel Huggins
I am dyspraxic. I was diagnosed at 25 (now 28). I can only imagine how useful this book would have been had I been diagnosed at 15, but I think it would have been the single most... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Crayola
It gave me a better understanding of what my granddaughter experiences. It was easy enough to read and I passed it on.Published 9 months ago by Chinadam
Having been diagnosed with dyspraxia in my 30s, I was becoming quite disheartened by the tone of the literature available. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Miss B.
This book drew me in from the first page. I downloaded the kindle version as holiday reading but found it so fascinating and entertaining that I had finished it before the plane... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam Samuel
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