Oct 07 2011

Dyspraxia


Dyspraxia refers to the way in which the brain works in a different and less precise way for some people than it does for others.

Fair enough, you might say. But it could seem odd at first glance that there is a page here on this website about dyspraxia. How can it possibly connect with “Stories in Welsh Stone”?

There is of course a very good reason.

It is a subject which is very important to me because our son David was born with it and has  battled with it all his life.

It was a confusing time when he was a baby, since we knew that there was something not quite right but no one could say what it was. A speech therapist to whom he was referred diagnosed the condition in a moment. Suddenly everything fell into place. As a result I was desperate to find out more about the condition. That was almost 30 years ago.

Since then I have written three books about dyspraxia, all of which have been published by Continuum Press.

The first was called Dyspraxia (ISBN 08264 7581 7) 2005

This was then expanded in 2007 to become Dyspraxia Second Edition (ISBN 0 8264 9235 5)

I then wrote The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Dyspraxia (ISBN 9 780 8264 9760-4) also in 2007.

Thankfully there is a great deal more understanding and acceptance of the condition today. This is largely due to the fine work of writers like Amanda Kirby and Madeleine Portwood. If I was to recommend the work of anyone, then I would tell those looking to find out more to examine their books before anything else. These days it is called more often “Developmental Co-ordination Difficulties” but whatever you call it , there are difficulties and frustrations that come with it. To understand it you need the sort of information these fine writers can provide.

Click here to go to the Amazon website to find details of their books.

David has triumphed in spite of his dyspraxia. It is a condition which cannot be cured. It must be managed. And David has managed it very well indeed. He was the boy about whom we were told he would never succeed. He was awarded an Upper second class degree in Law at Reading University UK and then a master’s degree in Law. He now works in the City of London for JP Morgan and lives an independent life. It is possible to overcome the effects of dyspraxia but it requires a great deal of effort. David has always made that effort and we are very proud of what he has achieved.

If there is any help or advice I can give anyone trying to understand dyspraxia then please contact me on this website. I would be pleased to hear from you and I will do whatever I can.

My own books are still in print. You can get them in all bookshops, directly from the publisher or naturally from Amazon.

Click here to go to the Continuum Press website.

Click here to go to the Amazon website.

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