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Stephen Harris in Trouble

A Dyspraxic Drama in Several Clumsy Acts
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Eleven-year-old Stephen Harris is a clumsy boy: he spills juice at the dinner table, loses his school bag on the bus and struggles to read his own messy handwriting. How will he cope at secondary school, where there will be so many different things to learn and remember, when he can't even tie his shoe-laces? Stephen's school life looks set to be full of trouble until a new teacher and a special needs advisor arrive to help Stephen with his coordination, concentration and organisation difficulties.

Taking a light-hearted and humorous look at life through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy, this book recounts the everyday problems that are faced by children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorders (DCDs), and contains creative and positive approaches to teaching and parenthood that readers will find hugely supportive.
  • Published: Feb 07 2003
  • Pages: 144
  • ISBN: 9781843101345
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Press Reviews

  • Community Care

    Written from a child's perspective, this very funny story about the daily hassles faced by a boy with developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD dyspraxia), one really gets a feel of what it is like to be Stephen and face 101 minor emergencies a day. Integrated within the story are a variety of useful strategies, with the emphasis always on positive reinforcement.This is a must for parents, teachers and other professionals involved with children with dyspraxia or any specific learning difficulty.
  • Dr Amanda Kirby, Dyscovery Centre, Cardiff

    This book tells a tale of a child and his family that shows, in a light hearted way, the trials and tribulations that a child with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD, Dyspraxia) may go through in his everyday life from the moment he gets up until he goes to bed at night. It shows the way that other children and even parents can view the child and the real impact this has on the child's view of himself. It gives the reader insight into what it is really like for the child himself. The book will be useful for parents of children with DCD and other specific learning difficulties and teachers who come into contact and want to help and support the child in the classroom and in the playground. It is not just a story but also gives the teacher constructive strategies that can be tried with the child, so it is instructive as well as informative. The book has been written by an experienced teacher in the field of special educational needs and a parent who understands the day-to-day hassles of family life. He has clearly taken a child-centred approach in writing this amusing but thought-provoking book.
  • Care and Health Magazine

    Research indicates that up to one in twenty children suffer to some extent from this developmental disorder, so the subject is, or should be, of concern to both educational and social care staff who work with children, as well as to parents or carers. The account manages to be both entertaining and insightful - it offers a number of creative and positive approaches to improve these children's concentration, writing and other perceptual skills, information processing and behaviour.