Developmental Dyspraxia Identification and Intervention. A manual for parents and professionals. Second Edition.



Author: Madeleine Portwood

ISBN: 1853465739

Research suggests that between five and ten per cent of all children are dyspraxic. There is much debate about the nature of this disorder and many undiagnosed youngsters are denied access to treatment programmes. In most areas specialist provision is a scarce resource and support, when available, is delivered through parents and teachers. This second edition of Madeleine Portwood’s successful manual aims to give parents, teachers and health professionals the confidence to diagnose and assess dyspraxia. Most importantly, it offers them an intervention programme which will significantly improve the cognitive functioning of the dyspraxic child or teenager. Updated in light of the author’s new and extensive research, the book provides the reader with:

Background information on the neurological basis of the condition

Strategies for identification, diagnosis and assessment

Proven programmes of intervention which can be monitored by anyone closely involved with the child

Strategies to improve curricular attainments

Remediation activities to develop self-esteem

Information about where to find help

About the author:

Madeleine Portwood is a specialist senior educational psychologist working in Durham. She is also chairperson of the Education Committee of the Dyspraxia Foundation. Her extensive research into Dyspraxia is internationally accepted as being at the forefront of work in the field and has formed the basis of several television documentaries on the subject.


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