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Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump: A Simple Exercise Program to Improve Motor Skills at Home and School Revised Edition

by Geoff Platt Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
11/2014
ISBN:
9781849055604
Format:
Pbk 152 pages
Price:
AU$36.99 NZ$37.38
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Geoff Platt's exercise programme, tailored to help children with dyspraxia to overcome their symptoms, enjoy physical activities, and become as active as their friends and classmates, is now proven to be even more effective.

This revised and expanded edition outlines the fun and easy-to-teach program, which focuses on familiar activities such as running, jumping and ball play, and explains how regular exercise routines can reduce weakness and improve motor skills, such as balance, timing and coordination. It includes extra session plans, incorporates new research, and adds a secondary stage to the exercise program, teaching the skills of praxis, planning movement and improving skills.

This practical guide will be an essential resource for Physical Education teachers and non-specialist teachers of recreation and games classes who are looking to help children with dyspraxia to reduce weakness and improve motor skills, as well as parents.

Preface. Part I. The Background. 1. What is Dyspraxia? 2. The Causes of Dyspraxia. 3. Further Research since the First Edition. Part II. The Exercise Program. 4. The Importance of Exercise. 5. Why the Program Works. 6. Exercises and Session Plans for Strength and Fitness. 7. Exercises and Session Plans for Movement Planning. 8. What You Can Do to Support a Child During the Sessions. 9. Meet Some 'Graduates' of the Program. References. Subject Index. Author Index.

This is a revised version of Platt's popular guide to physical activities and dyspraxia. Coming from a Sport Science background, Platt has a PhD based on exercises for children with this difficulty and the book provides a guide to proven interventions to improve children's ability to improve balance, timing and coordination. Platt also stresses the social importance of being able to interact with other children in physical activities.. The programme includes activities such as running, hopping, bench stepping over a 30-minute period on a daily basis in the primary school... A useful and practical resource.
Geoff Platt, PhD, has worked as a lecturer in Sport Science for ten years, most recently working as a senior lecturer and course director in Sports Coaching Science and Sports Analysis and Coaching at Kingston University, London. He has lectured on Olympic Solidarity Courses on behalf of the International Olympic Committee and is the Director of Coaching for Weightlifting in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has just completed a PhD for which he carried out extensive research into strength exercises for children with dyspraxia. Geoff lives in Surrey, UK.