Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump.

Author:Lloyd, Lauren
Position:Book review

Geoff Platt (author); BEATING DYSPRAXIA WITH A HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP; Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) $17.95 ISBN: 9781849051712

Byline: Lauren Lloyd

Dyspraxia, or the inability to perform coordinated movements, is a relatively unfamiliar condition. Yet its incidence is estimated at between five and ten percent of the population, with boys affected three times more often than girls. This insightful and practical guide will arm the reader with a detailed knowledge of dyspraxia's symptoms, its history, and the conflicting diagnoses surrounding its still unknown causes, plus a recommended exercise program designed by Platt to beat the disability.

Structured in two parts, the Background and the Exercise Program, and broken down into eight chapters split equally between both sections, the book succeeds in not overwhelming its audience. Each chapter is summarized with a concise conclusion and reiteration of information. Part I highlights extensive background and relevant human anatomy; it also touches upon the changes in children's exercise habits, both at home and in school. Complete with helpful illustrations, photographs, diagrams, figures, tables, and bulleted and numbered lists, this guide is extremely educational in terms of background. Stretching across ninety-three pages, the first part greatly overshadows the later...

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