Learning Challenges with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

£14.50

Book Details

Format

Hardback

ISBN (Hardback)

978-1-913012-59-5

Language

English

Page Extent

166

Page Size

Portrait (234×153mm)

About The Author

Alexandar Campion

Alexandar Campion

My name is Alexandar Campion. I sound like I’m starting a bloody Alcoholics Anonymous meeting but I’m not; I’m telling you who I am and why on this God’s green earth I have any reason to offer advice. Well, I’m coming up to my tenth year on wheels. (Actually, I am finishing this in late 2022, so it has now been a decade)

I am a category A T-6 paraplegic, which in-short means I can feel everything above the bottom of my ribcage/nipple area upwards.
I can’t use or feel my legs, but I can feel them with my hands(!) and I use them to get up off the floor – don’t worry, I will explain that later.
So I ended up in a wheelchair from an 8mph tip off a motorbike. Yes, not 80 or 180… 8mph. (Grrrr)

You know, I was more pissed off with that than actually breaking my back, but that’s the way it goes. Ironically and funnily enough, it’s actually called a chance fracture.

I was wearing full gear, e.g. helmet, leathers, boots and a spine protector. Where my back actually broke was T12-L1, but the lucky man I am, I hit rubber and also broke 13 ribs, crushed T6,7,8,9 vertebrae, sliced my liver and got a good bump on the head giving me a subdural haematoma (brain bleed). I was told by the surgeon putting me back together that if I had only hit the curb, I only would have broken a collar bone. I believe I said, “Good to know that for next time.”

Subsequently, this is why I cringe at cyclists and motorcyclists not wearing the right gear… 8mph!

Yes, I had every intention on getting back on a bike and getting back to university, and I did but that’s a story for later.

Why have I written this? Well, I have found that people are either too scared to say what I am going to, or won’t as they live in a bubble of what they have been told that they can and cannot do.

Now this, from a medical perspective is kind of true and sort of a way of locking you into a way of thinking and also a set lifestyle, which it doesn’t need to be.

In no way am I saying all guidelines are wrong, I just think some of it is outdated and now not very relevant. It’s a hell of a lot of red tape, ass-covering within that system. Also the fact that once you’re in your lovely wheelchair (yes, a tone of sarcasm) there are ways to stop yourself getting ripped off left right and centre, and YES living life again with a strong dash of being independent and free.

About me; I’m 36, I work in design and engineering, and I’ve been exceptionally lucky with my life and found out the short cuts to use with my wheelchair – sometimes the hard way! But also, by asking older wheelchair users the best or easiest ways to live in a wheelchair.

I don’t view myself as disabled or “handy-capable” (whoever made up that dumb-ass term isn’t ‘handy-capable’!)

I get on with it and find ways of doing things. I am just me; my perspective has changed not just because of my height since being in a wheelchair (lol!). Well maybe on a couple of small things, but I am pleased to say I’m still the same stubborn, slightly crazy git I was before my accident, and I’m OK with that.

I have both dyslexia and dyspraxia. I have decided to write this, probably a little too late as there is some great information out there but maybe I have a little bit of a different look on things.

Personal accounts of any experience or condition are always compelling and worthy of attention. This is a well written personal account of one young man’s experiences of dyslexia and dyspraxia. In this book the author describes coping strategies that he has devised which others may find useful and inspiring.

As a counsellor I found this a useful and insightful read and  I would recommend this book to anyone who has any form of interest or experience with these conditions.

“As a parent of a dyslexic son, now aged 40, I would certainly have found this book useful some 30 years ago when battling for my son and I’m sure that he too would have found it a great benefit.”

“As a parent of a young boy with, amongst other diagnoses, dyspraxia, this book explained some behaviours to me that I didn’t understand in my son. He went through a phase of watching programmes with the subtitles on, only being able to tell me that he ‘liked it’. It wasn’t until reading this book, that it made absolute sense to me! This book has given me many more ideas to try with my son to try and help make the world less complicated!!”

“This book provides a very insightful and personal account of one individual’s journey of working with dyslexia and dyspraxia; dealing with and how to manage barriers & challenges to learning.

A wealth of Hints, tips & advice, accompanied by imagery,
offering guidance to achieve desired goals.

A great source of reference, useful to individuals with learning conditions and those supporting individuals with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia; educational providers, parents/guardians/spouses, alike.”