Saturday, September 6, 2008

'Potter' Actor Reveals Brain Disorder

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the "Harry Potter" films and soon-to-be Broadway star for his role in "Equus," has revealed he suffers from a neurological disorder called dyspraxia. Radcliffe has a mild form of the impairment that affects coordination and is sometimes mistaken for sheer clumsiness, reports E! Online.

"Yes, Dan Radcliffe does have dyspraxia," his representative confirmed to Britain's Daily Mail. "This is something he has never hidden. Thankfully, his condition is very mild and at worst manifests itself in an inability to tie his shoelaces and bad handwriting." Radcliffe has a good attitude about it, joking to the Mail about his difficulty tying his shoes. "Why, oh why, has Velcro not taken off?"

In fact, Radcliffe credits the disorder for his acting career. Because dyspraxia made school difficult for him, his parents encouraged his desire to act since it increased his confidence. "I was having a hard time at school in terms of being crap at everything, with no discernible talent," he said. Acting changed his life. Radcliffe's Broadway run in "Equus" begins September 5 and concludes February 8.

If you're interested in knowing better this disorder, here's a list of books about dyspraxia:

Dyspraxia : The Hidden Handicap

This informative and very practical book is intended to help parents and teachers equip children with dyspraxia, or developmental coordination disorder, with the strategies that will enable them to live as normal a life as possible with this hidden handicap. Examining the developmental path of the child through the early years at home, at nursery school, grade school, high school, and into adulthood, it offers special tips on how to encourage children with dyspraxia to improve their social skills and develop a strong self-esteem. Included is information about the causes and symptoms of dyspraxia, characteristics of the condition, diagnostic procedures, and a glossary of terms.

Author Biography: Dr. Amanda Kirby is a general practitioner and runs the Healthcall Dyscovery Centre, a clinic for children and adults with coordination difficulties. She broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio and writes a weekly health column syndicated in 42 newspapers.

Can't Play Won't Play : Simply Sizzling Ideals to Getting the Ball Rolling for Children with Dyspraxia

Learning to roller skate or ride a bike should be an enjoyable experience, but for a child with developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD, also known as dyspraxia), these activities can lead to frustration and failure. Can't Play Won't Play is full of practical information, tips and hints to enable children with DCD to access and enjoy activities that other children take for granted.

Whatever game you choose to try with your child, this book will offer handy hints for developing the necessary skills to make it a fun and rewarding experience. From football and rugby to swimming, skipping and skating, the advice covers all the regular childhood activities as well as games to improve physical organization and social skills. The authors provide useful equipment lists and safety tips, and include photographs and diagrams to demonstrate the activities. The delightful illustrations add to the book's appeal, making it a friendly and accessible guide to dip into when you are in need of inspiration.

Can't Play Won't Play is an essential resource for parents, teachers and all those working with children with DCD.

Dyspraxia 5-11 : A Practical Guide

Following on from the author's Dyspraxia in the Early Years, this book takes a very practical view of dyspraxia in children aged 5 to 11 and considers ways of helping teachers and parents to understand this complex condition. The text is based on a developmental framework and areas covered include making friends, coping with the curriculum and boosting the child's self-esteem. It will provide advice and guidance on how to ensure that the most effective support is given to the child in school.