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The Sensory-Sensitive Child [Kindle Edition]

Karen A. Smith PhD , PhD Gouze Karen R.
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a book likely to transform how parents manage many of their child's daily struggles, Drs. Smith and Gouze explain the central and frequently unrecognized role that sensory processing problems play in a child's emotional and behavioral difficulties. Practicing child psychologists, and themselves parents of children with sensory integration problems, their message is innovative, practical, and, above all, full of hope.

A child with sensory processing problems overreacts or underreacts to sensory experiences most of us take in stride. A busy classroom, new clothes, food smells, sports activities, even hugs can send such a child spinning out of control. The result can be heartbreaking: battles over dressing, bathing, schoolwork, social functions, holidays, and countless other events. In addition, the authors say, many childhood psychiatric disorders may have an unidentified sensory component.

Readers Will Learn:

  • The latest scientific knowledge about sensory integration
  • How to recognize sensory processing problems in children and evaluate the options for treatment
  • How to prevent conflicts by viewing the child's world through a "sensory lens"
  • Strategies for handling sensory integration challenges at home, at school, and in twenty-first century kid culture

The result: a happier childhood, a more harmonious family, and a more cooperative classroom. This thoroughly researched, useful, and compassionate guide will help families start on a new path of empowerment and success.

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About the Author

Karen A. Smith, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, has worked exclusively with children and their families for the past sixteen years. A school counselor in Athens, Georgia, she has consulted to Head Start and Early Intervention programs for young children and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. She and her family live in Athens, Georgia.

Karen R. Gouze, Ph.D., has been director of Clinical Psychology Training in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the past nineteen years. She also holds an appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She and her family live in River Forest, Illinois.

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  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful book, BUT... March 31, 2005
This is a well-researched book that discusses in detail how a child's senses can fall short and "short-circuit", and how this malfunctioning of the senses can be misdiagnosed by clinicians as ADHD or ODD. It gives many helpful tips on how you can help your child thrive at home, in school, with peers, and with your extended family. This is a book that you can keep well into your child's late teens as a reference on how to be your child's best advocate, and how to be the best parent you can be to your child, who has to face unique challenges throughout the rest of his or her life.

I take a star away from my rating because the authors are not clear on whether they endorse occupational therapy as an effective means of dealing with DSI. Granted that this book was born from the personal experiences of both authors, and that both their sons went through occupational therapy, I cannot see clearly their position on the OT treatments needed for DSI.

I understand that both authors are clinical psychologists, i.e., scientists, and that being so, they need to step back and give an objective feedback about certain treatments. So I can appreciate their views on the research that has been done on DSI, its treatments, and the treatments' possible effects on learning.

However, as a parent, I am not looking at rigorous scientific processes, as validating as these are. I want a method or a system of methods that will work with and for my boy, who was diagnosed by a certified OT with DSI.

The authors are right in saying that DSI can be just one of a child's problems, and it would be helpful for both parents and child to consult with a team of professionals, and not just an OT.
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97 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but goes overboard... January 14, 2006
My 'in-a-nutshell' review of this book is this: it's a good overview of sensory issues and ways in which they can be dealt with, but probably goes to far in its diagnosis/recommendations. The book tends to label nearly every imaginable childhood behavior issue as a symptom of sensory dysfunction, despite the fact that little to no research exists to back up these ideas. I'm not saying that sensory issues don't exist and aren't important, but a child who is not thriving may be struggling with any number of difficulties. The book, for example, suggests that children who are not socializing with their peers likely suffer from sensory overstimulation around other children. Maybe, or maybe they have pragmatic language delays, or social anxiety, or insufficient play schemes that would allow them to interact appropriately. In my opinion, the focus on everything automatically being a sensory issue was too narrow, applying to some children but probably wrong for many others.

Another concern I had was the attitude that the sensory-sensitive child should be treated as so different from other children. According to the book, for example, the active sensory child cannot be punished by having recess taken away, because in doing this the parent/teacher is causing their brain to work improperly. In many cases the reader is told it is unreasonable to expect a child with sensory sensitivities to participate in this activity or that activity (some examples: dressing themselves, playing a game with others, sitting down in a group) because they are incapable of such things. Again, I felt that statements like this were a little on the extreme side given that so little is actually known about such problems.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Authors have "been there" September 27, 2006
This is a fantastic book. My second daughter (now aged 7) has global and verbal dyspraxia (motor planning). We have been to many specialists for diagnosis. We have been in speech therapy since she was 2 1/2. We have had some OT, but not as much as is discussed in this book. We have been searching for ideas and answers, reading books, etc for most of her life. This book is the absolute best I have read for describing "What is it like, being a sensory-sensitive child and also a parent of a sensory-sensitive child. A Child whose world is not near as easy as it is for ordinary children." This book offers insight, relief, excellent advice and reasonable hope that you, as a parent, can make a significant improvement in your child's life. It is also very readable (many of these types of books are hard to finish). Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you, Karen and Karen. Well Done.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
My six year old son has struggled with dyspraxia and sensory integration challenges, and this has helped us more than any other book I've found to date. I expected that it would provide me with some new ideas for mitigating difficult situations, which it did...what I did not expect was that it would impact Josh directly and profoundly. This year he has become increasingly aware that he's "different", which has been the source of great sadness. As I read the book, I shared anecdotes with him that were consistent with our experiences with soccer, eating, homework, and more, and it provided such relief to Josh to learn that there are other boys like him in this world. My thanks to the authors for sharing their stories, and for helping us to understand more about what we can do now and what's ahead as he grows older.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This book is a remarkable resource. It is clear, informative and will broaden the scope of those who work with children everyday.
Published 6 months ago by valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Price, Good condition; Good information
Just what I was looking for in a book well written for professionals, parents, and students of O.T.
The price was right for a book in good condition. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Deborah J. Flores
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, very helpful
In reading this book it sure explained a lot of what we were going through with my daughter. It explained everything from babyhood to adulthood, her symptoms and so much more. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Patricia Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars good understanding
This book gives a lot of insight on sensory issues. If you do not have much knowledge on sensory issues this book will help understand what your child is going through.
Published 10 months ago by misty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information
Our son deals with some sensory issues, and the book helped me understand ways to
help him. Simply written, which made for a quick read.
Published 10 months ago by Lisa D
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
I got the Book The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing... & it was a real eye opener for me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by gloria
2.0 out of 5 stars Good information, but now what?
This book was okay. It made me feel better about my son (recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS and very clearly has some SID issues as well. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kris Irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensory
This book is so great for researching about sensory sensitive dysfunction. It has explained to me so much and it put it in simple terms. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars One of best books available on the subject . . .
Borrowed this book from a friend and liked it so much that I bought my own copy. While I own many books on the subject, I found this one to be particularly good at helping me... Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by Kelli B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help
A very comprehensive and interesting book to help in various activities for children with autism
Published on January 13, 2009 by Yolanda M. Velez
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