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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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With so many kids getting diagnosed with SPD these days, I feel that it's important to try and understand what types of struggles these children and their parents go through -... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Emily Evert
Not Just Spirited is a moving, heart wrenching family's experience with a child that has severe SPD. It covers the first 6 years of the author's daughter, Jamie's life. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Shauna Smith
Having struggles and successes with a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder is an exhausting and bittersweet battle. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by The Bookish Dame
How does one cope with a child who won't be touched, who reacts with tantrums to the most comforting moves, who is terrified of being held? Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by Sam Vaknin
It is all too easy for a family raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder to feel like they are alone on this journey. Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Hartley Steiner