Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

By Victoria Biggs | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 4
Making the Grade

I never allowed schooling to get in the way of my education.

Mark Twain


Exam hall help

One day the teacher was explaining about the test. I’d heard it
all before, and I was finding it difficult to concentrate on what
she was saying. I went off into a dream about a computer game I
had been playing the night before. Then I had a bright idea. I
would incorporate the game into my story. Twenty minutes
after the test had begun, I had still not finished my plan. I was
gripping my pen really hard and my hand hurt. I was trying
really hard to get my thoughts down, I knew I would be in
trouble if I didn’t get them down on paper in forty minutes. I
had a mixture of sweat and tears of frustration pouring down
my face. The ideas were going out of my head one by one. Soon,
the test was over and I had not finished. Still, I was proud of
what I had done. The teacher was not. She told me that if I did

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • Chapter 1 - A Recipe for Chaos 11
  • Chapter 2 - The Hidden People at Home 25
  • Chapter 3 - A Survival Guide to School 47
  • Chapter 4 - Making the Grade 73
  • Chapter 5 - Crossing the Chasm 83
  • Chapter 6 - The Case of the Cooked Tomato 97
  • Chapter 7 - Bullying 105
  • Chapter 8 - Coping with Growing Up 121
  • Chapter 9 - Diagnosis–A Pipe Dream? 137
  • Chapter 10 - Dealing with Dyspraxia- What Can I Do Now? 155
  • Chapter 11 - Lying Diagonally in a Parallel Universe 167
  • Acknowledgements 190
  • Useful Addresses and Websites 192
  • References and Further Reading 196
  • Index 197
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