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This is Gabriel Making Sense of School: A Book About Sensory Processing Disorder Paperback – March 5, 2010
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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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"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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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!
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!
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.Read more ›
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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AMAZING BOOK FOR KIDS, PARENTS, THERAPISTS, AND TEACHERS!
It explains SPD perfectly in easy to understand language!
If your child has SPD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get this book. It is the best tool to explain SPD in simple terms. I learned a lot from reading it. And it's just a kids book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE THIS BOOK! My child said, "Hey, that's me! He's just like me!" This book helped my child be proud of who he is!Published 9 months ago by Kelly-Anne Johnson
I love this book! It is not only appropriate for children who have sensory processing issues, but for all children and adults who may not fully understand what affected children... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Teach
Excellent. Accessible, understandable picture of how SPD kids experience life.Published 15 months ago by Charlotte S Ciraulo
this is a great resource for those dealing with sensory processing disorder, it is a fast but thorough way to educate people in your life. Buy one for your child's teacher!Published 22 months ago by Jillian Jacobo
This was a great book. My son has sensory issues and has many of the interventions that this book talks about. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by K. Dawn Killebrew
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