Does your child have sensory processing disorder?
Having read all the books in this genre (Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration), I’m particularly impressed with this one written by Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L and Nancy Peske. The book is PACKED with information and I find myself using it often as a reference.
The authors start with understanding your child (and I find this helps understand yourself and family too). They explains the seven senses in detail and how and why their functioning is important and how their senses alter their behavior. Want some clarity? This is the chapter that explains what’s going on with your child and helps you make sense of it all.
The next section is about working with Occupational Therapists and how YOU can help your child at home, in school and in the community. They go through EVERYTHING; from eating (at home and restaurants – including special feeding issues), potty training, the dreaded birthday parties and family get togethers, and much more…
How to decorate and make your house more sensory friendly is explored as well as how to advocate for your child in their school. It’s seriously a one-stop-shop book. There is too much info for me to list – it’s all in there (almost 400 pages and small print – oy!).
The writers are clear and descriptive, making a sometimes difficult subject matter easy to understand and apply to your every day life. A MUST READ section is “Quick Tips for Calming an Overwhelmed Child.” I rate this book as fabulous! Get your copy here.
*Note to Mamas just entering this sensory world. It can be overwhelming to learn all these new terms (a whole new language), so take your time. Read and digest what you can, then put the book down. You will not learn everything overnight. Breathe. Soon, you’ll be rolling vestibular and proprioception off your tongue with grace and ease. I’ve been there, and I’m rooting for you and your family.