Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

Synopsis

Winner of the NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2005Written by a teenage dyspraxic, this inspiring book is a unique practical guide for dyspraxics and those around them struggling and determined to get to grips with the social, physical and psychological chaos caused by developmental co-ordination disorders (DCDs).In her own conversational style, Victoria Biggs discusses both the primary effects of her 'learning difference' - disorganization, clumsiness and poor short-term memory - and the secondary difficulties she and other dyspraxics encounter, including bullying, low self-esteem and loneliness. She offers down-to-earth advice on a wide range of issues, from body language, puberty, health and hygiene to family life and social skills. Personal stories and 'this-is-what-it's-like-for-me' accounts from other dyspraxic adolescents are also included.Her positive and practical approach and profound empathy with others in her situation make this book a must-read for dyspraxics, their parents and other family members, and for professionals working with them.

Excerpt

‘Sit down, Bluey, and shut up.’
‘They’re all the same, you know–stinking blue-eyes.’
‘Thick as planks, the lot of them.’

In the 1960s an American elementary school teacher tried out an experiment on her young class. In the aftermath of the death of the racial equality campaigner, Martin Luther King, she decided to show the children what it felt like to be discriminated against. Nowadays such an experiment would be seen as cruel, especially when the subjects are so young, but maybe that is only because of the horrific consequences…

Jane Elliott split up her class according to their eye colour, proclaiming brown-eyed children to be more intelligent, fit and wellbehaved–a master race. Blue-eyed children were derided, mocked and made to wear collars to distinguish them from their betters. Within a few days the brown-eyed children had become frighteningly bigoted. Sure of their own superiority, they took every opportunity to abuse the blue-eyes.

This is all interesting, but what relevance does it have to Vicky’s book?

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