An evining with Victoria Biggs
I recently attended an evening with Victoria Biggs.
Victoria suffers with Dyspraxia and was only diagnosed at the age of 16. Victoria was in town giving a talk in her own conventional style about her book "Caged in Chaos" which she wrote at the age of 16. This inspiring book is a unique practical guide for dyspraxics and those around them struggling and determined to get to grips with the social, physical and psychological chaos caused by developmental co-ordination disorders (DCDs).
Victoria discusses both the primary effects of her 'learning difference' - disorganization, clumsiness and poor short-term memory - and the secondary difficulties she and other dyspraxics encounter, including bullying, low self-esteem and loneliness. She offers down-to-earth advice on a wide range of issues, from body language, puberty, health and hygiene to family life and social skills.
Personal stories and 'this-is-what-it's-like-for-me' accounts from other dyspraxic adolescents are also included. Her positive and practical approach and profound empathy with others in her situation make this book a must-read for dyspraxics, their parents and other family members, and for professionals working with them.
Dyspraxia is not easily defined, as a driving instructor I would encounter students over a broad spectrum who have difficulties with spacial awareness, difficulty remembering an instruction, difficulty with multi-tasking, short concentration levels etc..
Teaching someone with Dyspraxia is always challenging and is always very rewarding. It just might take a little longer than some but we will always get there.
About Victoria Biggs