We meet overwhelmed parents of special needs children every day because of our business of selling our mom-invented KidCompanions Chewelry. Most of the parents we meet have children with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Many have been searching for parenting solutions to make the lives of their children with challenging needs better and in turn make their family life better also. Folks at KidCompanions Chewelry have children and grandchildren with sensory issues and Tourette syndrome. We decided to review a few books on those topics and post the reviews in our Special Needs Blog to help the many families searching for reliable information on raising a child with exceptional needs.
The positive comments about how helpful our reviews were encouraged us to design this completely separate website, Special Needs Book Reviews (SNBR). Now with Special Needs Book Review in its own domain, we aim to provide parents, health care professionals, and educators of special needs children an invaluable resource where they can read, search, comment and find links to buy books that can directly benefit them and others. On our SNBR site, our book and CD reviews could be further organised into appropriate categories and groups, rated, and it gave opportunities for guest reviewers to submit their own reviews. Last year we introduced our very popular Author Interview Series which we are certainly continuing this year.
Looking for information on sensory processing disorder is so important for the parents that buy our sensory oral-motor tools, KidCompanions Chewelry, that we have written this post of our TEN TOP Sensory Processing Disorder Books and Resources for Parents and Teachers Reviewed by SNBR . Congratulations to the authors for these wonderful parenting and teaching resources.
Special Needs Book Review (SNBR) is not paid for reviewing books. We are given the books by publishing companies or by the authors with no strings attached. The reviews and our TEN TOP Sensory Processing Disorder Books and Resources for Parents and Teachers Reviewed by SNBR are entirely our opinions of the books. The books are in random order.
Readers can follow the link in each paragraph to the complete review of each book. Also with each review you can find links where to buy them. Furthermore, many of the authors have participated in our Author Interview Series and you will find a link to the interviews with the review of their book.
Please note our other “BEST BOOK LISTS” at the end of this post.
TEN TOP Sensory Processing Disorder Books and Resources for Parents and Teachers
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues -by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L and Nancy Peske ~ First published in 2005 this updated and revised edition came out in 2009. This guide book is timely and timeless and should be on the book shelves of all parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapist who love and work with individuals with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Throughout the book there are sections set aside where Lindsey, occupational therapist, tells her story and Nancy, the mom of a special needs child, shares hers. Sometimes their stories cross paths. This technique and the use of case studies give an intersting personal element to their book. The 440 pages are crammed with valuable information well organized in five parts and 17 chapters. Descriptive titles, subtitles, and a comprehensive, 16 page index make this book a go-to resource book to be referred to time and time again. Review
Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers -by Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D., OT/L, and Susan Swindeman, OTR/L ~ Book has expert advice to help children with sensory based behavioural challenges. Be a proactive parent and learn strategies you can use throughout the day to facilitate life skills all children need. Tools for Tots addresses dressing, eating, grooming, using the potty, bathing, socializing, and more. You’ll find activities to help young children who are sensitive to noise or touch, prone to meltdowns, anxious about transitions, overwhelmed by crowds, and for those sensory seekers who are always “on the go”. Review
Active Imagination Activity Book: 50 Sensorimotor Activities for Children to Improve Focus, Attention, Strength, and Coordination -by Kelly Tilley, MCISc, OTR/L ~ This handy, spiral-bound book is the best resource for fun, effective and fuss-free movement activities I have seen. The sensorimotor activities will definitely please any child, not only children who need help improving strength, coordination, focus, and attention. At the end, for an Index but much better, is a 2 page chart with columns for the page number of the activity, its name, and the four categories of activities. At a glance the user can locate an activity and see the benefit or benefits of each. Some activities fall under more than one category. Review
In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities -by Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz ~ Based on their book, these cards are also for ALL children of all abilities. And the same high quality standard you are accustomed to find in other Newman and Kranowitz products is found in this small box of activity cards. Parents, teachers, Early Intervention programs, and all who work with young children will surely be eager to get this easy-to-use resource. Each card is a complete lesson plan and tells you why and how the activity works, what you need for it, ways to make it more challenging, and what to look for. The authors have an important reminder for child caregivers, “Remember—it takes only a few minutes each day to give your child moving experiences that will last a lifetime.” Review
Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) -by Chynna T. Laird with a foreword by Dr. Shane Steadman ~ Reading this book you embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Chynna chronicles the first six years of her first born, a girl named Jamie. This 140 page memoir will empower you with knowledge to overcome the hurdles in your life as a special needs parent.The readers will appreciate how Chynna is able to weave in lots of relevant information in laymen’s terms about sensory processing disorder (SPD). The author explains all the pros and cons of treatments and educational programs available. Readers learn about the senses, the signs of SPD, support groups, and sensory diets. Review
Sensational Journeys: 48 Personal Stories of Sensory Processing Disorder -by Hartley Steiner and Foreword by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR ~ Parents and caregivers of children with sensory issues will surely appreciate Sensational Journeys. The biggest impact this book can have is to educate parents, therapists, teachers, daycare providers, and early intervention staff about the symptoms of children who are sensory challenged so the immediate help these children need is given. Hartley Steiner’s last chapter is It Will Get Better and in her closing she ends with: “And don’t forget to take care of yourself!” For sensory challenged kids’ lives to get better, for their family life to get better, and for parents to have the TIME to take care of themselves, parents must KNOW about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and this book will help. Review
Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song -by Jennifer Shaw ~What guides your actions and helps you make decisions? Where do you find your strength to cope with life’s challenges, especially if you are a parent of a special needs child? If these questions bring up even more questions and uncertainty and you are looking for answers and guidance, read Jennifer Shaw’s book. Her youngest child, Toby, began to exhibit extreme and frightening behavior. Toby seemed to be shutting down too. Ear infections, hearing loss, a constantly crying child, missed milestones, delayed speech, extreme eating problems, and feeling defeated and exhausted all the time became their new way of life. Why did Toby not want to be touched or did not want to touch anything? Why did he sit all day in his special chair and not want to play? Toby was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). He had all the signs of tactile sensitivity. Review
I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey -by Michele Gianneti ~ This book is about persistence, perseverance, and the power of a mother when it concerns the well-being and future of her child. It chronicles the first twelve years of her second child, Elizabeth, diagnosed with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder. These twelve years in the life of the Giannetti family is woven with advice to other parents on how to navigate the systems: health care, early intervention, educational, and even how to deal with insurance coverage. Michele reveals in a journal format what happened and points out tips for others to follow or pitfalls to avoid. Review
Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration: Forms, Checklists, and Practical Tools for Parents and Teachers -by Jane Koomar, Carol Kranowitz, Stacey Szklut, et al. ~ This booklet is surely a timeless, tried and true resource for parents and teachers. The authors provide teachers and parents information how sensory issues affect a child’s abilily to learn and their behavior. Using the numerous, reproducible forms, checklist, charts and practical information about sensory integration in this book could really improve the lives of many families coping with sensory processing disorder (SPD). The checklists are different for different age groups. As an added bonus the booklet ends with two pages of Heavy Work Activities List for Teachers, a glossary and twenty-five resource entries. Review
Learning in Motion 101+ Sensory Activities for the Classroom -by Patricia Angermeier, Joan Krzyzanowski and Kristina Keller Moir ~ Parents and homeschoolers this book is not only for the classroom, you will find a wealth of practical, easily doable sensory activites to be enjoyed the twelve months of the year right in your homes. Learning in Motion is perfect for children in any group setting like preschools, kindergartens, after school programs, summer camps, etc. It is well organized in a logical, easy to navigate format. Once you have used one activity, all the others are presented in the same way. This user-friendly guide is a wonderful timesaver, written in easy to understand language. Fun-filled activities correspond with seasons, holidays, and educational goals that make even a retired teacher want to go back to school. Review
Please note our other “BEST BOOK lists”
- Top 20 Books on Parenting or Teaching Children with Special Needs Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review