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"I am positive that Hartley's book will help teachers around the world not only understand SPD but also how it feels to our sensational kids in their classrooms.  And that understanding will help our children thrive in school right alongside their peers.  Thank you, Hartley."-- Chynna T. Laird, author of I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD and Not Just Spirited:  A Mom's Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder

"This is Gabriel Making Sense of School is a beautiful book, succinctly written in a way that is easy to understand for both children and adults.  I would highly recommend it as a classroom tool."--Glenna Clouse, M.Ed., LMHC

"This is Gabriel Making Sense of School is a brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated educational tool about Sensory Processing Disorder.  It is a must read for anyone who has a sensational child in his or her life."--Kelly Flemetakis, OTR/L

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This is Gabriel Making Sense of School provides a look into the challenges children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) face in the classroom.  This easy to read and beautifully illustrated picture book gives teachers, parents and students a better understanding of all seven senses, how they are each affected at school and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations!

"I am positive that Hartley's book will help teachers around the world not only understand SPD but also how it feels to our sensational kids in their classrooms.  And that understanding will help our children thrive in school right alongside their peers.  Thank you, Hartley."

-          Chynna T. Laird, author of I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD and Not Just Spirited:  A Mom's Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder

"This is Gabriel Making Sense of School is a beautiful book, succinctly written in a way that is easy to understand for both children and adults.  I would highly recommend it as a classroom tool."

-          Glenna Clouse, M.Ed., LMHC

"This is Gabriel Making Sense of School is a brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated educational tool about Sensory Processing Disorder.  It is a must read for anyone who has a sensational child in his or her life."

-          Kelly Flemetakis, OTR/L

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426927770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426927775
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hartley Steiner lives in the Seattle area with her three sons. Hartley is the author of the book Sensational Journeys, the founder of the SPD Blogger Network (www.spdbloggernetwork.com), and a contributing writer for the SPD Foundation's blog, S.I. Focus magazine, and Autism Spectrum Quarterly, among dozens of other Web sites and blogs. You can find her chronicling the never-ending chaos that is her life on her blog, Hartley's Life with 3 Boys (www.hartleysboys.com), and on Twitter as @ParentingSPD. When she isn't writing or dealing with a meltdown, she enjoys spending time in the company of other adults--preferably with good food and even better wine.

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I loved reading this book! I was kind of expecting something that could be read to children that explains to them what sensory processing disorder (SPD) is all about. What I found was something even better! I found a book that could quickly and easily explain to an older child AND adults what SPD was all about...that was a big bonus to me 'cause it wasn't just any children's book! It was a super quick read and can be read and understood by anyone who might be interested in learning why SPD kiddos are truly sensational kids!

I was DELIGHTED to see the wonderful and graphic illustrations in this book. They really brought Gabriel to life right before my eyes...down to seeing him chew on his sleeve as a means to calm and organize his body! I loved the way the story and illustrations were brought across the entire two page spread...it wasn't isolated to a single page. The illustrations literally jumped off the page in bright and vivid details!

After buying a single copy from Amazon (and receiving it in record shipping time...thanks Amazon), I returned to purchase multiple additional copies to give to my chilren's school, daycare and pediatrician! I am a mom to two boys who have SPD (just like Gabriel) and my friends and family hear me talking about how it affects them and our family. I immediately brought this book to work to have my coworkers read! To watch their face in sheer delight as they read and flipped through the book and then finally looked at me with that "Oh, I finally get it" look...it was all too good to be true...truly PRICELESS!!

Thank you Hartley Steiner for being such a dedicated mother to perservere with such a big project in order to further educate the world about SPD. Our world needs trailblazers just like you to help educate those around us!
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Finally, finally, a book for every elementary school's resource library.

This is Gabriel Making Sense of School teaches about our seven (yes seven!) senses and what happens when children don't interpret sensory input appropriately.

Hartley Steiner explains the challenges our children with Sensory Processing Disorder can face in school in an engaging, easy to follow style that is a perfect complement to the whimsical illustrations from Brandon Fall. This story will immediately engage both the children who hear this story and the teachers that read it.

This is Gabriel Making Sense of School should be in every pediatrician's, therapy provider's and educator's office. If you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder in your circle, this terrific book should be on your "Must-Have" list. It's on ours!

Carrie Fannin
Sensory Planet
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I actually really like this book, however it is missing some important elements. This book concentrates on sensory avoiders, but there are also sensory seekers. I wanted to use this book and send it to school with my son, but many of the descriptors are actually opposite from the symptoms my son has. If I could give it two scores I would give it a 5 for format and a 3 for usability as a book for SPD children.
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The first edition of this book was amazing! I've loaned it to teachers and camp councilors. It made an amazing difference in my child's quality of life because it explained Sensory Processing Disorder so well without leaving out the sensory seekers and it addressed that sometimes the behavior changes from seeking to avoiding. Most folks know about the children with SPD who avoid sensory input because it is just too much, but there are a lot of children to seek more input or are a combination depending on what the sense they are dealing with.

The second edition simplifies too much. It cuts out some amazing things included in the first edition like:
- the simplification of the paragraph that discussed different types of smiles on the SIGHT page
- the deletion of how Gabriel spends his energy trying *not* to listen to things and the deletion of unexpected noises like fire drills on the HEARING page
- removing the information about how Gabriel likes to touch lots of things and focusing mostly on avoiding uncomfortable touch sensations on the TOUCH page.
- I miss the sentences on the SMELL page "At school there are lots of smells that most people don't notice, but Gabriel does!" and "Some days Gabriel can feel the opposite too - and want to smell everything - even the markers."

For the pages I didn't mention, I like the way they were better in the first edition. As I read the 2nd edition is too one sided and to simplified. It doesn't help to teach that SPD kids can change their behavior based on the way their body feels and that is an amazing point to help them understand themselves and for those who live with them and love them.
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I have two children with a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)- a 4 year old daughter who was diagnosed at 2, and a six year old son who was diagnosed last fall. I was so excited to hear about this book because figuring out what accomodations would help my son in kindergarten was challenging, and I read this book was written to give everyone (teachers, parents, and students) a better understanding of SPD and how it affects school and learning for children with SPD.

You first note that the book is absolutely gorgeous- the illustrations are vibrant and colorful and eye-catching.

This book contains nine pages of text: an intro, a page for each of the seven senses, and a conclusion. I think the contents and length are just perfect for an elementary-aged child's attention span. Each facing page is colorful and packed with beautiful pictures that illustrate and relate to each of the senses and how SPD may affect it.

I will be purchasing additional copies of this book to share with our occupational therapist and with my son's school- what a great resource!
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