Does your child seem to be moving all the time and never get enough “input” from the world? Or is she perfectly content just sitting around all day and almost seem lethargic?
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a term I became personally familiar with a few years ago when I saw the behavior and needs of my son being beyond what would consider “typical” for a child his age. I started researching and reading books like “ The Out of Sync Child ” and “ Raising a Sensory Smart Child. “
And it wasn’t because of my rheumatoid arthritis that my son needed more energetic playtime in his schedule. It was because the chapter that described him was called “MORE! MORE! MORE!”
I know there are a lot of parents out there who feel like I do–that your child’s inability to “do enough” is a symptom of YOUR illness and inability to give him all that he needs. We all have a little bit of sensory issues (do you hate tags in your clothes or dislike the feel of tapioca pudding on your tongue?) But for some kids it can impact their world and behavior a great deal more. It’s always good to be aware!
The updated and expanded version of Raising a Sensory Smart Child is being released on today! It will be “face out” on the Special Needs shelf in Barnes and Noble stores starting in September and should be in other bookstores as well (usually in Special Needs).
Or, you can order it on Amazon.com now (if you do, you might want to go through my website, www.sensorysmarts.com, and check out what’s new there too). We added a chapter on autism and sensory issues, lots of sensory diet tips for families, and many more practical solutions for everyday challenges.
Since it was first published in 2005, this definitive handbook for helping your child with sensory processing issues has won an iMedia Parenting Award and a NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publications Award) and received rave reviews and endorsements.
It’s the book I wished I’d had when my son was diagnosed with SPD, which was called sensory integration (SI) dysfunction back then. Written by me, a parent of a child with SPD and developmental delays, and his first OT, who has extensive experience helping children with and without autism, in the public schools, early intervention, and in their homes, it covers everything you can imagine and is chock full of resources and recommendations.
I always suggest checking out the first few chapters then bouncing around to read the sections that most apply to your concerns, coming back to it again and again whenever you have a question or concern.