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Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder Hardcover – April 20, 2006
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How do Lucy Miller and her co-author, Doris Fuller, manage to make this subject so interesting? They do it through vibrant stories of children and their families. As you read, you know these families, you feel for these families, you are these families. You want to learn what will happen next, and the authors oblige.
The book includes everything a parent needs: the basics of SPD, as only the world's expert on the subject can explain; examples of what it is like to live with sensational kids and how to provide the most appropriate environments for them at home and school; and further discussions of the science of SPD, the connection of SPD to ADHD, the prevalence of SPD, and intervention methods. The authors are compassionate, articulate, and exceptionally thorough. They answer questions that you may not have thought of asking, even if you are a knowledgeable, experienced parent, teacher, or therapist devoted to a child with SPD. When you finish reading, you will feel completely informed and satisfied -- and totally hopeful about your sensational kid.
Part I includes the basics about Sensory Processing Disorder (background, symptoms and warning signs, assessment and diagnosis, treatment and strategies). Part II - Living with Sensational Kids is our opportunity to read about "a day in the life of" children with a Sensory Processing Disorder. In this section, Lucy introduces 5 case studies (typically developing child and four young children who each have a different Sensory Processing Disorder -- over-responsive, under-responsive, sensory-seeking, and dyspraxia). The section continues with these same children at an older age. Part III goes beyond the basics and includes the science of SPD, combination disorders, causes and prevalence, intervention methods and treatment effectiveness, and a personal message to parents.
This book could have been called "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sensory Processing Disorder but were Afraid to Ask." Not only is it informative, but it's very easy to read. I highly recommend the book.
I turned to this book not to confirm the diagnosis, but for some simple, straight forward tools, tricks and tips for how to deal with my daughter's difficulties.
If you're looking to understand disorder and where your child may or may not fit in, this book is ideal. If you already accept the diagnosis and want to know what to do when you're at home with five minutes to leave the house so everyone will be on time and your child freaks out because there are four grains of sand from the trip to the beach in the pair of shoes that she's settled on wearing even though there are four other perfectly acceptable pairs, then keeping looking for another book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and full of knowledge that I have been seeking for some of my preschool children and parents.Published 11 months ago by Ricky Couch
A must read for every teacher and/or adult who interacts with children with sensory issues.Published 19 months ago by lin