Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

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Penguin, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 351 pages
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Imagine that you are a parent of a child with no visible disability, but whose experiences of everyday life present constant challenges. What may be typical activities for most people are a struggle, often resulting in social, emotional, and academic problems. Sensory Processing Disorder, a complex brain disorder, affects one in twenty children. They experience sensations--taste, touch, sound, sight, smell, movement and body awareness--vastly differently from others. They may feel attacked by the slightest touch, fail to register bumps and bruises, or be unable to figure out where they are in space without constantly touching others. While SPD is more widely recognized than it once was, parents of these children search for ways to help them navigate in the world. Dr. Miller identifies the disorder and its four major subtypes, provides insight into assessment and diagnosis, and suggests treatment options and strategies, including the importance of occupational therapy and parental involvement.--From publisher description.
  

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Review: Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

This provides a good overview of SPD without getting too technical. The charts are helpful and it includes many ideas and helpful suggestions for living with the various subtypes. Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia Theule - Goodreads

Helpful and relate able. I especially appreciated the caricatures instead of a more clinical list, as seems more common in this genre. I think the subtitle does the book a disservice - many children who wouldn't be labeled SPD would benefit from these techniques. Read full review

Contents

The Basics
1
Symptoms and Warning Signs
19
Assessment and Diagnosis
42
Treatment and Strategies
58
Living with Sensational Kids
75
LaTanya an OverResponsive Kindergartner
96
Tarn an UnderResponsive SecondGrader
133
Ben a SensorySeeking Preschooler
167
As Sensational Children Grow Up
237
Beyond the Basics
249
Beyond the Types
266
Causes and Prevalence
283
Intervention Methods
291
CONCLUSION A Personal Message to Parents
301
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
307
INDEX
341

Abby a Dyspraxic ThirdGrader
205

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About the author (2007)

Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, is the founder of the only nationwide comprehensive SPD research program and the sole researcher to be awarded an NIH grant to study the disorder. The founder and director of KID Foundation, the only full-time SPD research program in the world, she is also an associate professor at the University of Colorado Medical School.
Doris A. Fuller is a journalist and former high school and college teacher. She is the co-author of A Woman's Guide to a Simpler Life.

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