"I describe life with my hidden handicap as lying diagonally in a parallel universe - I'm always slightly out of step with everyone else...always with a skewed view of things. Luckily I now really enjoy life on a tilt."--Victoria Biggs
Written by a teenager with dyspraxia, this is a humorous and inspiring practical guide for young adults with dyspraxia and those around them trying to get to grips with the physical, social and psychological chaos caused by developmental co-ordination disorders (DCDs).
In her own conversational style, Victoria Biggs explains the primary effects of dyspraxia - disorganization, clumsiness and poor short-term memory - as well as other difficulties that dyspraxic teenagers encounter, such as bullying and low self-esteem. Peppered with personal stories from other teens, this award-winning book offers down-to-earth advice on a wide range of adolescent issues, from puberty, health and hygiene to family life and making friends. The new edition includes an update from the author on her university and work experiences and how dyspraxia affects her now as an adult. Her positive approach and profound empathy with others in her situation make this book a must-read.
"Caged in Chaos is a truly inspiring but humorous book written by a teenager which is aimed at helping other teenagers with dyspraxia. It is a true survivor s guide to how to succeed and follow your dreams regardless of the things which hold you back. I would recommend this book to all young people regardless of their backgrounds. Victoria is a great role model and bravely writes about subjects which most teenagers would keep silent about such as how to deal with periods, first romantic crushes and wardrobe malfunctions. It should be essential reading in all secondary school libraries."--Maureen Boon, former Headteacher and author of Understanding Dyspraxia and Can I Tell You About Dyspraxia?
Victoria Biggs was sixteen years old when she wrote Caged in Chaos. She went on to study English at the University of Cambridge. She has subsequently been a learning support worker for young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities and has taught creative writing to women experiencing trauma-related mental health problems. Now in her twenties, she is completing a doctorate at the University of Manchester (UK), researching how storytelling can be used to support children living with war and violence.
216 pages. 2014