Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers, Early Intervention Providers™

Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers, Early Intervention Providers™

Are you the parents of a fussy baby? Are you working in an early intervention program and helping overwhelmed, sleep-deprived parents with their difficult child? Could the infant’s behavior be due to sensory issues? Folks at Special Needs Book Review, all parents ourselves, recommend Tools for InfantsSensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Intervention Providers™ by Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D., OT/L, and Susan Swindeman, OTR/L.

We were very impressed with Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D., OT/L, and Susan Swindeman, OTR/L. It doesn’t get better than Tools for Tots for parents of toddlers and preschoolers; advice for parents and caregivers from three very experienced occupational therapists condensed into one easy-to-use, family-friendly, fifty-three page guide book the size of a telephone book. AND now they have done it again but for infants this time!

NOTE: (Links to our review and interviews with two of the authors are at the end of this post.)

About Tools for Infants:

Following the same format as their Tools for Tots, Tools for Infants is also a very practical book that guides parents and other caregivers in reading their infants’ sensory processing challenges/signals and helps them treat these issues early in life. Cute, baby photos grace about half of the pages bringing a smile on the readers face.

The authors approach each part of the chapters in a similar, efficient way. At the top of the page, they list four or five “CHALLENGES” an infant may have in a certain area. Then in “DID YOU KNOW” they have a simple explanation of the problems and solutions required. In “SAFETY FIRST” they have their words of caution or how to be proactive and check with a professional. Helpful tips are given in “CONSIDER THIS”. Then they list the activities caregivers can use to help their infant with the challenges in that section. See a photo below of a page from Tools for Infants titled “Mouth Matters”.

Tools for Infants is a user-friendly guide filled with sensory-based strategies to help promote optimal development in infants. It can be used as a teaching tool or as a resource for intervention. The sensory-based strategies or “tools” in this book are designed to help infants feel “sensory-safe” in their daily activities and routines. The activities in Tools for Infants are  meant to be done at home by the parents or they may be done in a day-care or community setting.

The strategies suggested in Tools for Infants may be used for all infants – one who is typically developing, one who is considered at risk  for developmental and/or engagement challenges, or one who has a medical diagnosis.

It does not have an index but the detailed Table of Contents makes finding information in this 78 page book very easy. As you can see below in a section of the Table of Contents, the authors use a lot of witty, play on words to keep things light to bring a little humor in the lives of these often very tired parents. Infants with sensory processing challenges are a handful as many cannot be held, comforted, fed, and are usually poor sleepers.

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About the Authors:

Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA,  co-author of Books with Sensory Based Strategies Titled Tools for Tots and Tools for InfantsDiana Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA president of Henry Occupational Therapy Services, Inc., studied with Lorna Jean King beginning in 1975, and then together founded what is now called the Children’s Center in Arizona. Diana opened her clinic specializing in sensory integration (SI) in 1984 and developed programs for various Arizona schools.

Diana produced the Tools for Teachers TMand the Tools for Students TMvideos/dvds and together with her husband, Rick, she developed the Tool Chest Starter Kit TM, wrote the Tool Chest TM, the Tools for Parents TM, and the SI Tools for Teens TM handbooks. She has recently completed the Sensory Tools for Pets: Animals and People Helping Each OtherTMand the Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Todlers and PreschoolersTM and Tools for InfantsTM , Sensory Songs for TotsTM CD, and Forever Winter (about Nonverbal Learning Disorder/Disability NLD).

In February 2000, Diana and her husband Rick embarked on ATEACHABOUT. Their ‘sensory’ workshops, individualized for specific communities, are available for administrators, educators, school psychologists, physicians, other health professionals, OTs, PTs, SLPs, parents and caregivers. Read more on their web site. Facebook and Twitter@ateachabout

Susan Swindeman OTR/L, is a registered occupational therapist and the owner of Wee Care Therapy in Dyer, Indiana.

 Susan Swindeman OTR/L  co-author of Books with Sensory Based Strategies Titled Tools for Tots and Tools for Infants

Susan has been a pediatric occupational therapist since graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of theSensory Integration and Praxis Tests, and trained extensively in neurodevelopmental treatment. She is recognized for her work in identifying and treating children with sensory processing disorders. She is known for her intuitive, sensitive approach to nurturing development in children.

Susan is a co-author of the book and CD version of the book Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers™ and Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers and Early Intervention Providers ™. 

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Maureen Kane -Wineland PhD, OT/L, is the co-owner of Rehab Dynamics in Toledo, Ohio. Maureen has been working with young children and their families for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. She has developed an expertise in addressing the needs of children with sensory processing disorders, as well as those with difficulties relating and engaging, using both sensory integration and DIR®/Floortime™ approaches. Maureen is SIPT certified and a PLAYProject Home Consultant. Maureen received her PhD. in special education/educational psychology in 2002 and examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on sensory processing capacities.

She has developed a number of creative programs to meet the needs of children with sensory processing disorders in her private practice, in early intervention, and in the community. Maureen is a co-author of the book and CD version of the book Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers™ and Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers and Early Intervention Providers™. Contact her through her website at www.toolsforinfants.com.

Links for Tools for Infants:

Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, OTR/L, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D., OT/L, and Susan Swindeman, OTR/L.Buy Tools for InfantsSensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Intervention Providers™ (2015)  Tools for Infants’ Web Site,  www.weecaretherapy.com

Buy Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers (2009)  Henry OT Services Inc.,  www.weecaretherapy.com,

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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