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Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free Paperback – 15 Feb 2005

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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 (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,162 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


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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By A Customer on 1 April 2005
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2005
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My reaction to this book can be likened to eating a superb meal -an initial sense of "mmmmm..." followed by the sensation of surprise as the different flavours touch your taste buds. As a non-dyspraxic I understood the 'differences' in theory but had never been able to put myself inside the condition. Vicky's book took me on a journey of discovery and I finally understood what a profound effect such differences make to people's lives. It is written in an amusing style which manages to be informative but not patronising and the quotes from fellow dyspraxics make this a sobering read. Her unique sense of humour shines through and the reader is left full of admiration for the positive attitude she displays. This book should be put on the recommended reading list for all those who work with young people; prejudice, bullying and pressure to 'conform' will not be eradicated until ignorance is replaced by tolerance and understanding.
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By A Customer on 26 April 2005
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This is what we have been waiting for , a coherent positive account of the range of difficulties and misunderstandings a young person with dyspraxia or perhaps Asperger's syndrome faces. Particularly good chapters on body language, social skills and how behaviours can be misinterpreted. Also good to see writing from and about girls as so much of the existing special needs literature is about geekish mathematical boys or children with language delay who are diagnosed and perhaps provided for more easily. I just need a few extra copies for colleagues, teachers and friends......
Have a great time at University, Vicky and thanks!
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By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2005
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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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