Authors: J. Christmas & R. Van de Weyer
Publisher: Speechmark (Taylor Francis Group)
This updated edition is a practical handbook for those supporting children with sensory and motor learning issues. It provides the reader with an overview of the challenges of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and links this to practical ‘hands on’ strategies for daily management of the condition.
Jill Christmas has many years’ experience as a highly respected occupational therapist and her co-author has both a professional and personal interest in supporting people with DCD, as well as managing Dyspraxia UK, an occupational therapy assessment service.
The first edition of this book was published in 2009, and in the intervening years, there has been much research. This research has informed the new publication, and the original format has also been updated to reflect this.
This handbook recognises that DCD/Dyspraxia often coexists with other conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Language Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorders and makes links to sensory integration and self-care skills.
It includes information on the impact of primitive reflexes and provides activities linked to these, as well as additional resources and information about professional organisations and recommended reading.
Each chapter links theory to practice and provides the reader with a clear understanding of how to manage aspects as diverse as visual memory, concentration and dressing skills.
This is a handbook that should be a core resource for many settings, such as schools, clinics and pre-school settings.