The Dyspraxic Learner: Strategies for Success – Review

“The Dyspraxic Learner: Strategies for Success”

by Alison Patrick
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This is a well written book written from the perspective of a professional working within the field but also from her personal experiences.

The chapter headings are as follows:

UNDERSTANDING DYSPRAXIA
PHYSICAL DYSPRAXIA
LITERACY STRATEGIES
EFFECTIVE STUDY SKILLS
THE DYSPRAXIC MIND: NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS
THE DYSPRAXIC MIND: EMOTIONAL CONSEQUENCES
PREPARING FOR WORK

It is of most relevance for children and young people and of course parents of children with Dyspraxia. I particularly like the conclusion where it focuses on diagnosis, treatment, research that she would like to see happening as very little research is going on with Dyspraxia and the fact that there needs to be change in society and an awareness of the diversity of thinking skills that comes with Dyspraxia. The key strengths identified are:

EMPATHY FOR OTHER PEOPLE
LATERAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITIES
HAVING A PERSPECTIVE THAT DEVIATES FROM THE NORM

There are lots of practical examples of things that may or may nor help and I recommend this book.

I shall be bringing it to Crewe Library on Wednesday if people would like to borrow it from Autism Inclusive. Donations are gratefully received for borrowing books.

Dr. Linda Buchan
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
& Director of Axia ASD Ltd.
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