on May 5, 2006
This book is a must for parents that have experienced daily challanges that few discuss. I appreciate the easy directions and the equipment I already have on hand that is called for. My son used to take flour and pour it on everything for a 'snow day'!Little did I realized what he needed. Thank you Bonnie , for your time spent in understanding the sensory needs of so many and equiping me , as a parent to help my son.
on March 22, 2009
I love this book! It is filled with simple, easy activities to engage your child's senses. The directions for each activity are very straight-forward and include helpful hints to save on cleanup and mess. While this is an invaluable resource for a parent or teacher of children with sensory issues, the activities are fun and would appeal to most kids. Another great thing about the book is that it groups together familiar songs and games when appropriate to stimulate a sense, such as movement or touch. Ms. Arwine includes stories and anecdotes about children with sensory issues to illustrate ways the activities can aid such children. Great resource!
on May 21, 2011
Children with sensory needs tend to have two reactions to stimuli. Either they can't get enough of a particular form of stimuli or even the slightest form of stimuli causes them to scream on contact.
Often children with sensory issues have both reactions - and often to similar types of stimuli. For example, a child who can't stand the touch of a certain type of fabric may excessively crave the touch of a teddy bear made from a different fabric.
Sensory exercises play a critical role in helping these children adjust to stimulii and can usually reduce or even remove sensory issues.
From the outside, "Starting Sensory Therapy" looks like a textbook on the subject. It's not. The cover and title of this book are very misleading.
This book is a collection of over a hundred different activities to stimulate the senses of children with sensory difficulties.
The activities are loosely grouped by the sense they stimulate; for example there are sections on visual, auditory, smell, tactile and taste senses. The book doesn't stop at "the five senses" though and also contains chapters on gross and fine motor movement.
The activites themselves are in sub-groups, such as "tissue paper fun", "balloon fun" or "No-Cook Cooking" within each chapter and the book has a good index too. All in all, it's a very well laid out book.
Each activity starts off with a list of what you'll need and then provides a brief description of how to do it. The activities usually also include ideas on how they could be extended.
The activities are suitable for children of various ages, from babyhood right through to the very early teens and they're suitable for individuals or groups. My wife has taken a lot the ideas in this book to Joey scouts this term, so they're all very adaptable and useful - even when children don't have sensory issues.
The activities include; ice cream making, play dough making, rocket tag with torches, singing-games like "the wheels on the bus", making a bird feeder, paper mache, making shaving cream paint, playing "hamburger", marshmallow sculptures, making musical instruments and much more.
The only gripe (apart from the cover and title) that I've got with this book is that it uses some brand names. For example, there were several references to "Graham Crackers" which we don't have in Australia. I had to look them up on the internet just to figure out what type of biscuit they were. The book could probably benefit from with a glossary with pictures to explain what some of these items are.
Other than that, it's a great book which parents, teachers and community workers will get a lot of benefit from.
on October 30, 2007
I have found this book handy for coming up with new ideas for a "sensory diet" for my son. Most of the materials are easy to find if you don't already have them around the home. I recommend it for parents who are their child's primary "therapist." Does not replace a good occupational therapist, but I consult with one and once I learned about my son's sensory profile, we picked some activities together that would be helpful.
on February 10, 2009
This book is full of fun things to do with kids to have fun and stimulate sensory motor skills and facilitate language, motor, and cognitive skills in the very young child. I use the activities with my grandchildren and while working with developmentally delayed children through our early intervention program. The activities are so engaging and simple to implement. I am glad that I ordered this book.