Activity and children's books
Arnwine, Bonnie. (2005).
Starting Sensory Integration Therapy
Fun activities that won't destroy your home!
Gianetti, Michelle (2011)
I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter's Special Journey
A mother's emotional journey through discovering her daughter's sensory disorder, understanding her needs, and fighting to get the best treatment to help her. Introduction written by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.
Kranowitz, Carol Stock (1995).
101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces
Activities for the doctor's office, on car, train, and plane trips, home sick in bed.
Kranowitz, Carol Stock (2004).
The Goodenoughs Get in Sync
A delightfully illustrated "chapter book" for eight- to twelve-year-olds that tells a charming story about five family members who each have a different sensory processing challenge and their naughty dog and how they get in sync after a tough day. Winner of the iParenting Media Award and a finalist for ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year in Children's Nonfiction!
Kranowitz, Carol Stock (2003).
The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
A companion to The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction; presents activities that parents and kids with SPD can do at home.
Mucklow, Nancy (2009)
The Sensory Team Handbook
A hands-on, jargon-free manual for kids and teens with Sensory Processing Disorder. Upbeat, humorous, and filled with engaging comics, cartoons, diagrams, quizzes, trivia, and question-answer sections, the book turns occupational therapy into something young people can do by and for themselves.
Renke, Laurie (2002).
I Like Birthdays . . . It's the parties I'm not sure about!
Written from a child's perspective, this book describes what it is like living with a Sensory Processing Disorder; helps others to understand why some events can be disastrous for children with SPD.
Renna, Diane (2007)
Meghan's World: The Story of One Girl's Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder
Lushly illustrated and kid friendly, this true story validates children's feelings and offers a glimpse into the world of a child living with SPD.
Roth-Fisch, Marla (2009)
Winner of the 2009 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine.
An authentic and sensitive children's book about Sensory Processing Disorder and the daily challenges it brings. Told in rhyme from a child's perspective with warm illustrations and a happy ending. Appropriate for readers of every age! Click here to read a review of the book published in the Highlands Ranch Herald.
I Can Be: A Child's Whimsical Introduction to Yoga
A charming picture book that makes it easy for any parent to teach yoga to their child. The author contributes a percentage of her proceeds to the SPD Foundation and other charities dedicated to helping children. Available through qandjbirdpress.com.
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Books for teachers
Bissell, Julie, Jean Fisher, Carol Owens, and Patricia Polcyn (1998).
Sensory Motor Handbook: A guide for implementing and modifying activities in the classroom (2nd ed.).
Suggestions for classroom, physical education, and recess for children K-3. Authors have extensive experience providing occupational therapy using an SPD approach in the schools.
Henry, Diana. (1996).
Tools for Teachers
Explains the impact of sensory processing problems in the classroom and illustrates how to adapt the school environment to help students with hyperactivity, distractibility, and sensory motor delays, including poor handwriting; shows how movement and sensory experiences are vital for learning.
Hickman, Lois E. Rebecca Hutchins, Jennifer Ellen (2002).
Seeing Clearly (2nd ed.)
Fun activities to improve visual skills.
Kashman, Nancy and Janet Mora (2005).
The Sensory Connection
An OT and SLP team approach to treating sensory and communication disorders.
Kranowitz, Carol Stock, Deanna Iris Sava, Elizabeth Haber, Lynn Balzer-Martin and Stacey Szklut (2001)
Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration
Carol Stock Kranowitz and expert occupational therapists have assembled an extensive and easy-to-use set of checklists and other tools that are invaluable to every teacher and parent who has children with sensory processing challenges.
Kranowitz, Carol Stock (2005).
Preschool Sensory Scan for Educators (Preschool SENSE)
A valuable new tool that occupational therapists can provide to teachers who are striving to help preschoolers with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Szklut, Stacey, Kranowitz, Carol Stock and David Silver. (1999).
Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration
Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child, interviews occupational therapist Stacey Szklut about how to teach children with disorders in sensory processing; includes 60-page reproducible booklet with classroom checklists, resources, idea sheets.
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Textbooks and general information
Ayres, A.J. (1972).
Sensory Integration and Learning Disorders
Classic text written by the occupational therapist/psychologist who developed sensory integration theory and intervention.
Ayres, A. Jean, Philip R. Erwin and Zoe Mailloux (2004).
Love, Jean: Inspiration for Families Living With Dysfunction of Sensory Integration
The story of Phillip Erwin, a young man who had sensory processing difficulties, and his aunt, A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., OTR, the scientist who pioneered the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. The story, presented in letters from "Aunt Jeanie," details Phillip's struggle, as well as the criticism and scholarly exile that Ayres suffered in professional circles.
Ayres, A. Jean (1979, 2005).
Sensory Integration and the Child: Understanding Hidden Sensory Challenges
Written for families and teachers by the theoretician and therapist who formulated sensory integration theory and therapy; provides a great understanding of SPD.
Biel, Lindsey and Nancy Peske (2005).
Raising A Sensory Smart Child: A Parent's Guide to Sensory Integration Dysfunction
An informative book written by a parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder and a pediatric occupational therapist; provides a practical, hands-on guide with many ideas for activities; operates www.sensorysmarts.com, an informative web site for parents, addressing questions such as how to find an occupational therapist.
Blanche, Erna, Tina Botticelli and Mary Hallway (1998).
Combining Neuro-Developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles: An Approach to Pediatric Therapy
Treatment for children 0-12 years with sensory processing and movement disorders such as SPD, cerebral palsy, Autism, fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome.
Bundy, Anita C., Elizabeth Murray and Shelly Lane (Eds.) (2002).
Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice
Textbook of sensory integration theory and application for advanced knowledge related to Sensory Processing Disorder. Also available in a 418-page edition (2002).
Case-Smith, Jane (Ed.) (1996).
Occupational Therapy for Children (3rd ed.).
This 846-page textbook includes a chapter on SPD theory and intervention; also provides a summary of all research by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., OTR, written by SPD experts Diane Parham, Ph.D., OTR, and Zoe Mailloux, M.A., OTR.
Case-Smith, Jane (Ed.). (1997).
Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention (2nd ed.).
This textbook, includes two excellent SPD chapters focused on young children: "Sensory integration assessment and intervention" by Susan Stallings-Sahler, Ph.D., OTR, and "Early emotional development and sensory processing" by Elise Holloway, M.P.H., OTR.
Cermak, Sharon, Jane Koomar, Stacey Szklut and David Silver (1998).
Making Sense of Sensory Integration
A one-hour audio discussion between occupational therapists describing SPD and how it affects a child's daily activities and family life. Includes excellent screening checklists for infants, preschoolers, and elementary age children.
Heller, Sharon. (2002).
Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World.
An overview of sensory defensiveness and an examination of treatment options, including diet, medication, and relaxation techniques. Appendices list alternative treatments and resources.
Kranowitz, Carol Stock (1998; revised 2005).
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Written by a former preschool teacher with a special background in movement education, this highly acclaimed book describes how problems processing touch-pressure and movement stimuli affect a child's performance in school and at home; includes detailed checklists and resources.
Orloff, Susan (2001).
April Edwards, the parent of a child who has been served by occupational therapy, says: "Orloff's book is informative and practical, providing encouragement to parents and children. It defines professional terms and physiological functions affecting learning."
Schneider, Chemin. (2001).
Sensory Secrets: How to Jump-Start Learning in Children
Addresses how to use information from all the senses to develop the skills necessary for growing, learning, decision making, and communication; a guide to promote successful learning and positive behavior in people of all ages.
Smith Roley, Susanne, Erna I. Blanche and Roseann C. Schaaf (Eds.) (2001).
Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration With Diverse Populations
An excellent resource in paperback for people who want more advanced information.
Trott, Maryann Colby, Marci Laurel and Susan Windeck
SenseAbilities: Understanding sensory integration
A 69-page booklet that uses case examples to help families and teachers understand SPD; includes suggestions for adapting playground equipment, bedtime, clothes, communication, and travel. Sold in packages of five booklets with one set of unbound pages.
Yack, Ellen, Shirley Sutton, Paula Aquilla (2002).
Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration
Innovative strategies and practical advice for managing behaviors, improving muscle tone, developing social skills, creating sensory diets – and more!
Smith, Barbara (1997).
The Recycling Occupational Therapist
This valuable resource is written for therapists and teachers, vocational instructors, parents, and all environmentalists who wish to use their ingenuity to create useful therapy products from common objects.
Smith, Barbara (2011).
From Rattles to Writing
This groundbreaking guide (written by an occupational therapist) describes the songs, games, toys, activities, and adaptations that help children develop the visual-perceptual skills needed to read and the eye-hand coordination to write.
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