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Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Paperback – November 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615990089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615990085
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,151,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gavin Bollard on January 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is firstly a memoir of Chynna's daughter, Jaimie's first six years. It covers her struggle to have her Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) recognised and accomodated. The book is also, at times, a text book on the SPD and related therapies. It provides a comprehensive list of therapies which can be applied as well as describing the condition in detail.

If you have a child with SPD, then there's no question that this is the book for you.

More importantly though, if you have a "special" child; a child with special needs, a child on the spectrum or simply a child who you feel, in your gut, is somehow different, then this book is an essential read.

So much of Chynna's story was familiar to me;

The difficulty getting doctors to even accept that your child is different, the pressure on the relationship, unsolicited disciplinary advice, the lure of medications and the army of pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists and teacher's aides - each with their own particular strategy.

One thing that impressed me with the book and with Chynna herself was the extraordinary breadth of her researches. She truly left no stone unturned and her thoughts both positive and negative on the various forms of therapy, diets and techniques are insightful and encouraging.

It was Chynna's husband, Steve's chapter which moved me to tears. As a father I appreciate the difficulties of bonding within an environment restricted by work and other commitments. To put so much of himself out there with so little hope of reward is the sign of a true hero.

Then there's a chapter which deals with Chynna's attempt to put herself in her daughter's shoes. It was heartbreaking to realise exactly what Jaimie goes through every waking moment of her day.
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In the book Not Just Spirited, you follow a mother on her journey through discovering her daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and the struggles both parents as well as the child go through when coping with SPD. Personally, I do not know anyone with SPD nor have I ever met any one with this disorder, so honestly I could only imagine what it would be like. And even then, I'm sure it's not even close. But as a parent, I could feel the heartbreak both Chynna (the author and mother) and Steven (the father) were feeling as their daughter Jamie more than just struggled with normal, everday things. Jamie couldn't enjoy things most children do because of the SPD. Eating most foods, wearing most clothing, even taking a bath or hugging her parents were just too much for her to bare. She would scream for hours and bang her head against a wall or the floor causing bumps and bruises to herself because these normal things weren't normal for her.
The moment Jamie was born, Chynna knew something wasn't right because Jamie would pull away and wouldn't even look at her. She wasn't sleeping right and the sound of her fathers voice made her scream. When Chynna confronted the doctor about this, he said "She's just Spirited". It took two-and-a-half years for the doctor to finally listen to Chynna and actually do something about it. As a parent, that angered and frustrated me just reading it. I could only imagine how it must have felt telling the doctor several times something was wrong, and him doing nothing.
Though the book Not Just Spirited is about SPD, as a parent, I would recommend it to anyone that has children. As it shows you that a mother's intuition is usually right and should be listened to.
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"not just spirited" by Chynna T. Laird is a compelling book about her daughter, Jaimie, who suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and her journey to find a diagnosis and ways to help her daughter cope. This was a moving book about the love of a mother and the lengths she will go for her child. SPD is often misdiagnosed and parents are at a loss as to why their child is behaving that way and what they can do to help their child. Mrs. Laird was no different. When Jaimie was a baby, Mrs. Laird knew there was something wrong at around three months. Talking over her concerns with her pediatrician, she walked away being told that it was normal and she was just a nervous first time mom. And thus began her search for what was really wrong with her daughter.

This was a heart wrenching story. Although I really felt for the mother, Jaimie's relationship (or lack of a relationship) with her father was completely heart breaking. Having a child who doesn't want to be touched or hugged, or screaming because of something she smells or sees, is extremely frustrating and difficult. Many times Mrs. Laird and her husband were told that it was lack of discipline or that it was their fault. Perhaps if they read this book those people would understand that Mrs. Laird and her husband are doing everything they can for their daughter and that compassion from others is actually what is needed instead of judgment.

Mrs. Laird does a good job documenting her story and Jaimie's struggles with this disorder. SPD was not a term I had heard of until recently and awareness definitely needs to be brought to the public's attention. Hopefully this book will reach out and make others aware that SPD is real and educate them about what it means to have SPD or to have a child with SPD.
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