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Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals by Angie Voss, OTR/L

As a parent of a child with SPD, this is an excellent resource that I go to on many occasions. It covers everything – even things I didn’t know were associated with SPD. My son used to grip his hair with both hands and pull towards the sky and I couldn’t figure out why he was hurting himself. On the page, “Hair Pulling on Self,” I got my answers. Angie Voss, OTR clearly explains why children are doing a behavior, the possible underlying causes to explore, and then lists ideas to help. Thank goodness!

How the book works:

Use the Table of Contents to find the sensory situation.
Examples include “Being Messy at Mealtime Causes Distress”, or “Craves Fast, Spinning or Intense Movement.”
There are 113 pages of sensory signals. Many that I was not familiar with but my son does, so again, this has been very helpful for us.

Once you Find your sensory signal page:

1. You’ll learn the sensory category (ie. proprioception, tactile, self-regulation, oral…)
2. Angie lists the sensory explanation. This tells you why your child is doing it.
3. Possible Questions. These help you assess the situation and if you can improve the environment so that you don’t trigger these behaviors – or at least so you know what could be causing your child to have them.
4. Ideas to help. In every signal, there are four or more ideas to try. It’s nice that there are multiple things because you know your child best and can use these ideas to see what would work best for your child.

In the back of the book there are sensory definitions and sensory tools and resources.

I use Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals to have a dialogue with my OT and my son’s teachers.  If I notice he’s having a lot of behaviors in the vestibular category, then I know it’s time to tell my OT my observations.  It’s such a great book and resource.

For detailed explanation on what SPD is, read “Your Essential Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder” by Angie Voss, OTR.

For new Mamas, or if you’ve had a new addition to your family, check out Angie Voss’s new book, Understanding Your BABY’s Sensory Signals.