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This is Gabriel: Making Sense of School - 2nd Edition: A Book about Sensory Processing Disorder Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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
About the Author
Hartley Steiner lives in the Seattle area with her three sons, two of which are on the spectrum. Hartley is the award winning author of Sensational Journeys and This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, as well as a contributing writer for the SPD Foundation's blog, S.I. Focus Magazine and Autism Spectrum Quarterly. Hartley chronicles the never ending chaos that is her life on the blog Hartley's Life With 3 Boys. 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.
- Publisher : Future Horizons; Second Edition, Revised (May 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1935567349
- ISBN-13 : 978-1935567349
- Reading age : 7 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 3.52 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.48 x 0.08 x 6.77 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read the book with my son who's nearly 5, and he was easily able to follow the story, although the pages are very text heavy. The audience really seems to be educators and school staff, although it's a fantastic resource for parents, as well. You could bring this directly to your child's classroom and talk with the teacher before the start of the year. This should help to reframe "problem behaviors" as symptoms of SPD, and prevent inappropriate negative labeling.
My two cents: buy multiple copies of this book. It will benefit your "sensational" child throughout his or her education!
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!
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.
I wish the first edition had the "Interoception" page in it but I think in the long run I'll get a much better result by handing the first edition book to a teacher and telling them, "when you read this book, you'll see why my kiddo doesn't realize until the last minute that he is hungry or sick because he has so much to process in his brain that other kids don't have to deal with."
Clear, concise and kind....Perfect to give to an educator or other parents.