Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens (Norton Professional Book) 1st Edition
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“Practically focused and well-written, Sensory Processing Challenges provides many strategies for assessment and management. It makes excellent use of a growing body of research in the field and will be an invaluable resource for occupational therapists, teachers, parents, and professionals.”
- Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
“Sensory Processing Challenges clearly explains the often unrecognized connection between many behavior problems and sensitivity to sensory stimuli that the child simply cannot tolerate. When I was a child, some fabrics felt like sandpaper scraping against my skin and sudden loud noises hurt so much they made me scream. I know firsthand how distracting, disruptive, and painful sensory issues can be. Lindsey Biel provides loads of much-needed practical advice to help children with sensory challenges.”
- Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures
“Lindsey Biel is a priceless treasure for the SPD community! Sensory Processing Challenges breaks new ground by describing Sensory Processing Disorder with clarity, rigor, and a wealth of practical advice that will equip professionals in all disciplines to understand and to help children, adolescents, and adults with SPD. This is the one book on this topic that all of our colleagues in the child care professions must read.”
- Brock L. Eide, MD, and Fernette F. Eide, MD, authors of The Mislabeled Child and The Dyslexic Advantage
“For the clinical psychologist, the school counselor, the speech-language pathologist, the pediatrician ― yes, for every professional working with “out-of-sync” children and adolescents ― this book is a jewel! Occupational therapist Lindsey Biel shines light on every facet of Sensory Processing Disorder. She illustrates how this neurological condition affects kids at work and play, at school and home. Her practical, fun, and specific suggestions will enable and encourage all pediatric experts to include sensory strategies in their practices.”
- Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
“With clarity and practicality, Lindsey Biel offers a best-practice handbook for understanding and working with children with sensory processing challenges, supporting and empowering them with strategies, tools, and resources. . . . [An] indispensable guide for professionals to foster resiliency, self-advocacy, and success in children and parents coping with sensory-related needs.”
- Topher Collier, PsyD, ABSNP, Director of School Culture and Student Success; Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, Avenues; The World School
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The first part of the book is dedicated to recognizing sensory processing challenges. It's written for a therapists or professional, but speaks to parents as well, providing screening to use and many client examples. I found I was highlighting so many sections to reference that the entire section was yellow, meaning there is so much helpful information packed into the beginning.
If Sensory Processing Disorder is new to you, by the end of this section you will be completely comfortable talking about the five known senses as well as proprioception, vestibular and introceptive senses. You'll know triggers that may be setting your child off and then how to provide help for your child (or client).
Next she explores the strategies to work with clients. What I appreciated as a parent was seeing a bridge be built between therapists, including mental health professionals and occupational therapists. I can't even tell you how many hours I have spent trying to get the professionals working with my child onto the same page. What a welcomed revelation to have therapists take it upon themselves and know how to help children from more than one angle and by working together.
Lindsey Biel lays out exactly how a mental health professional could incorporate sensory integration strategies into their practice. It's brilliant and reads very simple due to her concise breakdowns, with many, many ways to sooth clients so that they can work on their mental health without the sensory disruptions.
Her chapter on Empowering Strategies for Parents is beyond helpful, arming the professional with tips and tools for parents, using many of her case examples, and enabling parents to decipher between forcing their children into uncomfortable sensory situations versus protecting too much. She gives compassionate advice to the parents without ever being judgmental or condescending, which is greatly appreciated. There is so much applicable information provided that I'm breaking it into a monthly program to trying new ideas with my son.
She also covers working with the schools and helping the clients to empower themselves by taking control of their sensory environment. It's a one-stop-shop complete book that reaching into all aspects of your child's life. It is definitely a book I'd like my child's psychologist to read as well as his teachers. When we can all work together on a child's sensory system, it can make the most impact.
Please ask me any questions about the book if I missed anything in my review. Kindest regards.
With interesting case histories, the reader is transported to a place were she can feel right along with the "Sensory Challenged"
This book is a must read for Medical Professionals as well as Educators. Once again Lindsey sheds light and understanding on an too often misunderstood topic.
It is written from a foundation of neuroscience paired with compassion and understanding.
The convergence of the intellect and the heart.
Amy Feldman, OTR/L Clinical Director of Sensational Therapies
In my travels around the US to give presentations on autism, I am surprised by the number of educators and parents who still have not had the opportunity to learn about the connection between sensory processing and a person's ability to learn, communicate and do just about anything that most of us take for granted. This book connects the dots.
Lindsey not only explains in plain language what sensory processing is all about, she provides real life examples provided by people on the spectrum who share their experiences with the reader. Filled with practical strategies, tips and explanations, this book is a must read for truly understanding what life is like for someone with sensory processing challenges, and how we can all make life livable - and more enjoyable - for them. Kudos and thanks to Lindsey for writing this extremely helpful book!
- Chantal Sicile-Kira, founder of Autismcollege.com, Author of : Autism Spectrum Disorder (revised): The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism; A Full Life with Autism; Autism Life Skills; What is Autism?; Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.