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Squirmy Wormy~How I Learned to Help Myself-SPD Children’s Book Review

Posted Mar 16 2010 12:00am

The numbers for Autism can be as staggering as 1 in 91 children; the incidence higher for boys, 1 in 58. Most children diagnosed with autism, along with children without this diagnosis have Sensory Processing Disorder. In the United States, as any as 1 in 20 people are effected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) according to the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation . Helping those effected with SPD, supporting their ability to make it thorough their day successfully is key. Many adults have the means to do this, but what about children? Helping your child to understand his challenges, recognize his needs and help himself could be difficult.

In comes Linda Farrington Wilson’s book, Squirmy Wormy – How I Learned to Help Myself. This book written for children, depicts a child (Tyler) move through various forms of SPD. “I Can Help Myself” is the focus of this book, empowering the child reader to recognize his behavior, understand what drives the behavior, and apply the necessary solution. In each scenario, Linda Farrington Wilson presents resources one might find in an Occupational Therapist’s space along with practical every day solutions using items around any household.

An educating resource, Squirmy Wormy is written in short, easy to understand statements, inserting fun “noises” that engage the reader and capture both the reader and listener alike. Fun, accurately depicted illustrations round out this enlightening children’s book. Additionally, siblings, peers and the adults surrounding a child with Sensory Processing Disorder will find this book beneficial.

Squirmy Wormy - How I Learned to Help Myself is a book I highly recommend. I have been reading this with my son, diagnosed with SPD and his siblings. All have enjoyed the engagement and one of my children routinely mocks the pages while flipping through; this is now all of my children’s favorite book. I have found this book to be an educational reference, quickly reminding me of the drivers behind of some of my son’s actions. I can only imagine others will find it just as useful; this truly is a book for everyone. You can find this book online at: Sensory World / Future Horizons , Borders , Barnes and Nobel , and Amazon .

About the Author:

Lynda Farrington Wilson has 25 years of experience that spans copywriting and design for advertising, promotional media and publicity, and creative account management for national and international clientele. She is certified in the Affect-Based Language Curriculum, and has created ArtFriends, a unique social skills class model providing sensory and social experiences through the arts. Lynda is inspired to advocate on behalf of autism awareness including its challenges , and its blessings. You can visit her at .

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