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Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, and Other Learning Disabilities A Guide to Improving Coordination

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Book - Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, and Other Learning Disabilities A Guide to Improving Coordination

by: Lisa A. Kurtz

About the author:

Lisa A. Kurtz is a pediatric occupational therapist and reading specialist, and has worked with children with special needs for over 33 years. She currently works at the Jameson Elementary School in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and was formerly Director of Occupational Therapy for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children's Seashore House. For her contributions to training others about children with disabilities, Lisa has been placed on the Roster of Fellows and was awarded the Recognition of Achievement Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-865-8

Year: 2007

Publication Info: 160pp


Coordination problems often make everyday activities a challenge for children with learning disabilities. This accessible manual offers practical strategies and advice for helping children with coordination difficulties.

The author explains how to recognize normal and abnormal motor development, when and how to seek help, and includes specific teaching strategies to help children with coordination difficulties succeed in the classroom, playground, and home. She describes a wide range of therapeutic methods and provides a comprehensive list of resources.

Full of practical help, this is essential reading for anyone caring for, or working with, children with developmental motor concerns.



Part I: Understanding the Nature of Motor Skills. 1.The Development of Motor Skills. 2. Finding Professional Help. 3. General Principles for Intervention. Part II: Practical Strategies and Activities for Home and School. 4. Promoting Basic Motor Skills. 5. Teaching Independence in Daily Living Skills. 6. Addressing Problems with Classroom Skills. 7. The Social Impact of Coordination Difficulties. Glossary. Appendix I: Tests and Assessment Tools. Appendix II: Recommended Reading. Appendix III: Helpful Agencies and Organizations. Appendix IV: Suppliers of Toys, Tests, and other Educational Materials. Index.



The book is user-friendly and includes clear diagrams in each section, along with tables to outline key points. I found these very useful and they are an easy reference/ reminder, for example, they include a normal development chart, what assessments are available and their main aims.


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