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Twin win for therapy authors

20 December 2010 - 11:00am

Therapists Liz Atter and Sharon Drew shared a double celebration when their latest book won two prestigious education awards.

Fidget Busters: brain breaks and energisers for the classroom (see right), published by LDA Learning, picked up both the Education Resources Award and the 5to7 Educator Award.

Liz, a children's physio with Move2learn in Cardiff, and occupational therapist Sharon started their shared writing career in 2008 with Can't Play Won't Play.

'Working with a co-author can make the process less daunting,' says Liz. 'We get a terrific buzz working together, as we bounce ideas off each other, and our writing styles and philosophies complement one another so well.'

Therapists urged to put their experience into print

She strongly recommends that other therapists should consider putting their experience into print. She and her co-author found the writing process 'extremely beneficial', she says, both for their professional development and from combining their experiences of the different disciplines.

But she warns that book-writing doesn't bring in much money, even for award-winning authors. The rewards come from making a difference - though the pleasure of good reviews and recognition from other specialists is a welcome bonus, she says.

Fidget Busters provides teachers with a variety of short movement activities for use in the classroom, to help children get a bit more physical activity during the day. Can't Play Won't Play takes a fresh approach to helping children with developmental co-ordination disorder to access play and physical activities.

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