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The Everything Parent's Guide To Sensory Integration Disorder: Get the Right Diagnosis, Understand Treatments, And Advocate for Your Child Paperback – August 9, 2006

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About the Author

Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is widely published and internationally known for her work in sensory integration, dyspraxia, and in development and sensory processing with children from orphanages in Eastern Europe. Dr. Cermak is a charter member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's Academy of Research, a recipient of the AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award, and a Fulbright Scholar. She is the coauthor of a multidisciplinary book, Developmental Coordination Disorder: Theory and Practice. Sharon lives in Boston, MA.
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Product Details

  • Series: Everything®
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (August 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593377142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593377144
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. bauman on August 8, 2007
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There were things that were a mystery to me about my daughter from the moment she was born.

She had to be swaddled tightly, or she would scream for hours. She could not sleep, unless she was in a swing. As she grew, she could/would not eat anything that was not soft in texture. She screamed like she was in pain when I brushed her teeth. Screamed and frantically cried in the bathtub. Cried when we sang. She acted like rain was burning her skin and would cry and try to pull her arms and head in her shirt. She never walked anywhere barefoot. Would not swim in a pool, run through the sprinklers, or fingerpaint. She wouldn't get "messy" without being frantic about washing the dirt off. There were certain outfits or shoes she would refuse to wear...

If this sounds like your child, this book will help. I thought my child was a "bad baby", and could not figure her out... Until I read this book. I even found that my father and I have MANY sensory integration issues. This book helped me relate to my child better, and find ways to "desensitize" her to her surroundings. With the help of this book (she did not qualify for Occupational Therapy), my husband and I figured out ways to get her to live without being defensive to everything.

A year later, she is taking showers, swimming in creeks, running through sprinklers, asks me to help her brush her teeth, plays in the mud, etc. She seems nothing like the child we knew back then. This book will help you calm your child's senses, and make him/her more comfortable in their world.
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This book is great! It is very detailed (using very simple, non medical language) in discussing signs, symptoms and strategies for Sensory Processing Disorder in every aspect of your childs life. There are IEP suggestions and strategies for school, home, and play. I am passing this book along to my family members so they can better understand my son. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a child with sensory processing disorders or who may think thier child has sensory issues. It is also fantastic to share with others who interact with your child.
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Ever wondered why your child covered their ears when you knew they didn't have an ear infection? Or wondered why they would spin around in circles for minutes on end? Or why they couldn't stand tags in their clothes when everything else seemed "normal?" This comprehensive book on sensory integration disorder offers explanations and ways for parents to recognize and manage SID in their children.

What I appreciated was how easy the book was to read. It broke down a tough to understand concept and made it simple to relate to. The definitions were clear and practical.

The disorder is characterized by the brain inaccurately processing information from the senses. The person afflicted then makes an inaccurate judgment regarding touch, sight, movement, taste, and sound.

The book helps readers understand how important the vestibular and proprioceptive sense are, explains hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity, along with the importance of motor planning and hypotonia (low muscle tone.)

This book also helped me understand how my son got SID. The chapter on lookalike problems such as ADD, ADHD, OCD and behavioral issues was the most informative, and will assist me to better articulate to my child's teachers what to look for and how to approach my son.

I highly recommend this book to parents and teachers who interact with children that have SID. It is a gold mine of information written in such a way that it is easy to understand.
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This book will tell you exactly how to make a difference between diagnosis. And is also going to tell you what the pediatrician will probably say, what your insurance is going to claim.
Will explain as well what does your child feels toward with his/her environment.
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By Kathy E on November 22, 2012
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I really wanted a book that would explain SPD for a toddler instead of school age. Bi have a Grandson that was diagnosed with this at 16 months and this book didn't really help me understand this disorder.
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So very helpful when you need a information to put everything in order. This book is easy to understand and helpful even when you see the doctors or therapists - it helps you stay in tune with what is happening to your child and takes the mystery out of the problem.
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By lovetoread on October 12, 2011
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This is a great place to start for parents! I am a school psychologist and I bought this book as a professional wanting to see how parents are informed about SPD-the terminology, recommendations, etc. I think this is an excellent, informative starting point for parents.
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This book is well written and gives a very good "real life" description of children with sensory processing challenges. If you have a child with special needs and/or sensory issues and are looking for a place to start educating yourself, this is a GREAT place to start!
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