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Sensory processing books that parents should read

Sensory processing books that parents should read

How can sensory books be helpful?

Children with special needs can have a wide range of sensory processing issues, which can be complex, unpredictable, and completely overwhelming. It may be that one sense is affected, several, or all and children can be either over or under-responsive to certain things.

For parents, watching your child experience sensory processing issues, particularly when they have a negative effect, can be difficult. If your child is over-responsive to something it might cause them stress and anxiety. And if your child is under-responsive, it can be dangerous – for example, not responding to temperatures and having a high pain threshold.

Recommended books for parents on sensory disorders

The following are books that are available, which we think might help you to better understand sensory processing and how to live with the challenges that it may bring.

  1. Raising A Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, by Lindsey Biel

This award-winning book teaches you about the 8 senses, gives practical solutions to daily challenges that you might experience and provides strategies and tips as well as advocating advice. It’s a great resource for parents.

  1. The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Carol Stock Kranowitz

This book helps to explain Sensory Processing Disorder and the different ways that it can impact on the way that children react to sensations. Filled with practical information, this book will teach you how the nervous system works.

If you enjoy this, author, Carol Stock Kranowitz has a range of sensory processing books available.

  1. Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Lucy Jane Miller 

A fantastic book written by an Occupational Therapist with experience of sensory processing issues and the wide range of symptoms a child can experience.

  • The Sensory Team Handbook: A Hands-on Tool to Help Young People Make Sense of Their Senses and Take Charge of Their Sensory Processing, by Nancy Mucklow

  • This is a good read for both parents and older children – it’s positive, humorous and has lots of question-answers, trivia, cartoons and quizzes.

  • Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, by Paula Aquilla
  • Another award-winning book, this time written by three Occupational Therapists who have lots of knowledge, advice, techniques and tips about sensory processing issues.

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  • Sensory Processing 101, by Dayna Abraham, Claire Heffron Pamela Braley, Lauren Drobnjak
  • This easy-to-read guide claims to be three books in one, explaining sensory processing, sensory activities and sensory resources.

    We hope that you find these books useful, at SpecialKids.Company we also have a range of adaptive clothing, shoes and other accessories that can help children with sensory processing disorders.
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