Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help youth w/ autism learn & achieve by Corinna Laurie OTR/L

Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help youth w/ autism learn & achieve by Corinna Laurie OTR/L

Special Needs Book Review is pleased to introduce you to another wonderful resource for parents, teachers, and therapist. If you are looking for information on how to explain the difficult or different behaviors of some children that may be caused by sensory processing disorder (SPD), check out this resource:  Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieve by Corinna Laurie, OTR/L. 

We all learn about the world around us through information we receive from our senses. Unfortunately some individuals’ senses cannot process this information as it should and this can trigger an “upset” or “traffic jam” of information resulting in difficult behaviors. A child’s sensory issues often results in barriers to learning also.

Corinna Laurie’s book, Sensory Strategies, has lots of practical solutions to help these children. Adults working with autistic youth or those diagnosed with only sensory processing disorder can use sensory understanding gained from using Corinna Laurie’s book for classroom intervention and support.

We have read lots of positive comments about Corinna Lauries’s “Sensory Strategies”. Here are a few:

A must for all teachers. Easy to read and simple ideas that are easy to put into place. Photocopiable pages handy resource.~ Clare Hill

Excellent book about autism. Helped me to understand some of my son’s “quirky” little behaviours. Highly recommend. ~Gavin Wadeson
If you are the parent of a child on the autistic spectrum, please give this a go. My son had an incredibly difficult year last year, and even when you think you know everything about your child with autism, this highlights the super sensitive areas that we being neurotypical may tend to overlook. Incredibly insightful, and happy to own a copy! ~Katherine Eve
This 66 page resource book has a chapter on each of the seven senses as well as chapters on Arousal States, Easy A photo from Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieve by Corinna Laurie, OTR/L. Environmental Modifications, and Calming Strategies. Photos of children (those on this page) support the text.  The last 28 pages have Photocopiable Resources and here are some of them:
  • Sensory Behavior Checklist
  • Messy Play
  • Food Play Activities
  • Movement Break Ideas
  • Vestibular Activities
  • Fidget Toys

It is often said that knowledge is power; therefore, reading this wonderful resource will arm you with the sensory strategies to help you understand and support the child in your care when he experiences difficulties regulating and modulating certain sensory sensations.

Guest Post by Corinna Laurie, OTR/L

Sensory Strategies:

 Practical ways to help children and young people with autism

learn and achieve

Description of the book:

Parents, Teachers and support workers everywhere will be only too aware of children/students who experience difficulties regulating and modulating certain sensory sensations. It will affect their emotional state and their ability to access both the curriculum and daily life. All of those around them often feel the impact!

This publication is aimed at both professionals and parents. It helps the reader to understand our senses and how any difficulties in these can affect behaviour. The book helps the reader to understand the possible sensory triggers behind behaviour and how to manage these.

As an Occupational Therapist with an expertise in the areas of Sensory Processing Disorder, the author assists the reader to identify possible behavioural triggers and provide you with a variety of practical strategies. The photocopiable resources make it instantly accessible and provide simple intervention ideas in the absence of a therapist.

Many of the intervention strategies are both simple and effective requiring minimal costs.

This book has been described as “A must for anyone working with students who have autism”

Photo from Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieve by Corinna Laurie, OTR/L. Reason the author wrote it:

All the information we receive about the world comes through our senses.

In some people, the senses do not process information as they should and the brain ends up like a “traffic jam” of information instead of a steady flow of traffic

Learning occurs when we receive accurate sensory information, process it in our brain and use it to organize our behaviours Photo from Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieve by Corinna Laurie, OTR/L. and activities at home and school.

Access to trained therapists with expertise in sensory processing disorders varies immensely. This book has been written to alert the reader to possible causes of distress and resulting behaviours that often arise from sensory processing difficulties.

The author provides understandable explanations as to the underlying causes and provides tried and tested strategies to reduce the impact of these difficulties on the student/child and those caring for them.

The aim is to remove barriers to learning, reduce anxiety and help these children to feel more comfortable both within their own skin and within their everyday environment.

Target audience:

This book is written for parents, carers and teaching staff. Fellow Occupational Therapists have also found this an invaluable resource stating that this is their new “Sensory Bible that they take everywhere!”

Excerpts from Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieve

“Ensuring that a student with sensory processing difficulties has the right “sensory diet” infused throughout their day will remove their barriers to learning. A sensory diet provides scheduled activities and sensory input for the body and neurological system. Just as our bodies need food evenly spaced throughout the day, so does the body need activities to keep its arousal level optimal/modulated. This is paramount for the student to be a successful learner.”


 

“Students with touch sensitivity will often describe their clothes as feeling like sandpaper. They will notice every lump, bump and crease in their clothing and often prefer to be naked.

It is important to be aware that these students are not “making a fuss” but are genuinely finding touch painful.”


 

“ When people have difficulty processing what they hear, it is known as auditory processing disorder. This is when they may mix up words or miss important information, especially in noisy environments.”

About the Author:

Corinna Laurie, OTR/L  author of Sensory Strategies: Practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieveCorinna Laurie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 and has specialized in the area of Paediatrics for the last 21 years. She is skilled in a variety of paediatric evaluation tools and treatment approaches, including Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening® and Neurodevelopmental techniques. She also has a diploma in Aromatherapy and Massage.

Corinna currently works as an independent practitioner. She is director of Evolve-Children’s Therapy Services Ltd. and works as the consulting Occupational Therapist for the National Autistic Society school in Kent. In addition, Corinna provides clinical training to a wide variety of settings, including the NAS, NHS, private practice and educational establishments.

Corinna’s passion for understanding and working with children who have sensory processing disorders lead her to write her recently published book “Sensory Strategies – practical ways to help children and young people with autism learn and achieve”.

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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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