For Children with Sensory Challenges – Ovis Has Trouble with School by Kelly Beins

Posted in Autism/Aspergers, Sensory Issues, Special Needs Children by - October 17, 2017
For Children with Sensory Challenges – Ovis Has Trouble with School by Kelly Beins

The team at Special Needs Book Review is excited to tell you about an awesome children’s book about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) titled Ovis Has Trouble with School by Kelly Beins with illustrations by Christine Merry. Kelly Beins, Occupational Therapist certified in sensory integration, and owner of a private practice, hopes children with sensory challenges will be able to relate with Ovis. The main character is a lovable sheep that has sensory processing issues, therefore he misbehaves.  He isn’t BAD he’s just bothered!

Kelly Beins wants to spread awareness about her book so that more kids and families can learn about this book as a resource to help the many children struggling because of sensory challenges.  “So far,” the author told us,  “people love it and are very excited about Ovis and he has already traveled across the country (East Coast to West Coast…Maryland to California) and internationally to Canada.  An OT clinic in Toronto is using and sharing Ovis and an OT clinic in Calgary has hosted a parent author event.”

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

It’s NOT a behavioral problem!
Did you know that sensory processing difficulties impact:
• Academics & Handwriting
• Speech & Language
• Playing With Others
• Picky Eating
• Response to Touch or Sound
• Concentration
Learn about the symptoms of sensory difficulties.

On Kelly Beins’ web site, we learn the following about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

The world of sensory processing can be a confusing place. 1 in 15 school-aged children experience sensory differences. Picture of Ovis LeapingDespite an advancing body of research and a quickly expanding body of knowledge, those children and families living with sensory differences often feel misunderstood, and at a loss for how to communicate to others what they are going through and what they need. I hope Picture of grumpy Ovis Not Liking to Sit Stillthis book brings you connection…to your child, to your student, your client, or your friend. I hope you can find in Ovis, and in his family, a character to whom you can relate. In addition, I want these stories and pictures to spark a lightbulb (and a chuckle) that help you to see an everyday challenge that you or someone you love may have encountered, a little more clearly.

With 1 in 15 children now struggling with sensory challenges, the rising rates of autism, and growing research and awareness about sensory processing, the release of “Ovis Has Trouble With School” out into the world is timely.

What is being said about Ovis Has Trouble With School?

“I took this book to my school special education team made up of OT, Speech Pathologist, Autism specialist, Special Education Teacher and School Psychologist. We all loved it and plan to utilize it with our students, parents and teachers. Not only is it very well written and illustrated but the message is relatable to everyone. I’m so impressed with this book I bought them for my whole team!” ~ Katharine Messerschmidt – Customer Review on


Guest Post by Kelly Beins

Ovis Has Trouble with School

A description of the book
Ovis is a sheep that is misunderstood by his teacher and his peers. He has sensory processing issues, therefore he misbehaves. But when Ovis gets some new ideas about how to cope from an occupational therapist, he gets back on track.

Ovis Has Trouble with School  uses visual images that are simple (not overwhelming).  The pictures emphasize facial expressions in hopes of helping children register these feelings and as a means of engaging and communicating a message without words.  The story is short for limited attention spans and busy parents and the story is written to emphasize the lived experience of the characters, vs. to share information.

Ovis has Trouble With School is the first in a planned series of children’s books that will address other activities that are hard for children with sensory issues.  Such topics include  eating, sleeping, getting dressed, birthday parties, and playing sports. The second Ovis book is slated to be released sometime near the end of 2017 or early 2018.

*The “purpose” or reason the author wrote it:

Initially, I chose to write Ovis books, to use in my own private practice with my clients.  The intent was not to publish.  I hoped that I could help children connect and relate to a character outside of themselves who struggled in similar ways.  Nobody likes feeling like “the only one”.  I found the books that I had already purchased for my practice, did not have visual images or characters that appealed to my clients.  I also found many of the stories too long to incorporate into treatment sessions.  I was hopeful that parents might also use the Ovis stories with their children because not only did my mother read to me growing up, I am also the mom of a sensory kiddo, so I know that struggle of just trying to get through whatever the “it” is in that moment.  “Story time” was often less than peaceful and I knew offering something meaningful in this very beneficial for children format, might be able to support parents too.

One treatment session the thought just came to me, that publishing might be a way to help many more people.”

*Target Audience:

“Ovis Has Trouble with School” is written for children with sensory challenges, ages 4-8.  However, the appeal is wider because most people now know someone who has a sensory challenge.  Teachers like it because it’s about school and they have ALL had a child like Ovis in their class at some point. Therapists like it because it’s a way to introduce the topic of sensory processing and to create discussion and brainstorming around services.  Parents and children like it because they “finally feel understood.”

*Excerpts from Ovis Has Trouble with School:

Two pages from book For Children with Sensory Challenges - Ovis Has Trouble with School by Kelly Beins

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About the Author:

Kelly Beins (photo below on the right) is an Occupational Therapist certified in sensory integration, and owner of a private practice, Occupational Therapy Consulting, LLC, in Frederick, Maryland.  She has over 23 years of clinical experience.  She knows the challenges of parenting a sensory child and the value and joy of reading to children.  Kelly wants to use that activity to help make other challenging real-life experiences easier.  Kelly lives in Frederick, MD with her husband and two daughters and Labradoodle.

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Kelly Beins (Author), Christine Merry (Illustrator) of Book For Children with Sensory Challenges - Ovis Has Trouble with SchoolAbout the  illustrator:

Christine Tuccille Merry (photo on the left) is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Maryland. Through volunteering in an elementary school and homeschooling one of her kids for two years, she met many children who interact with the world in unique ways. She wanted to reach out to similar kids and those who care for them and thought illustrating books would the best way to do that. She lives in Frederick, MD with her husband and two sons.

We hope Ovis supports you and your child or someone you know in navigating this sensory world.

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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.