Fuzzy Buzzy Groups for Children with Developmental and Sensory Processing Difficulties: A Step-by-Step Resource

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 15, 2009 - Medical - 96 pages

Children with sensory and cognitive difficulties can struggle to interact with their peers, be easily distracted, and have problems coping with change. Fuzzy Buzzy Groups for Children with Developmental and Sensory Processing Difficulties has been devised to address the needs of children with sensory processing difficulties and development delay in specialist and inclusive settings.

This easy-to-follow resource will enable professionals to engage with children in a relaxed and fun way that explores sensory experiences. It contains everything you need to run a Fuzzy Buzzy group: from advice for choosing sensory food and drink and criteria for selecting suitable children, to tips for involving parents in the group and sourcing sensory materials. The authors guide you step-by-step through how to carry out a session, and include photocopiable forms and checklists as well as a sing-along CD containing music to use with the group. This resource will help children not just to explore sensory experiences, but also to learn to share, take turns, listen, interact with their peers and improve their self-esteem.

The eight-session programme is ideally suited to children aged 2-5, although this can be adapted to suit individual needs, and is perfect for early years' practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants, family respite carers and other professionals working with young children.

 

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Contents

About the Authors
8
Preface
9
Acknowledgements
11
1 Introduction
13
2 How the Fuzzy Buzzy Group Works
18
3 What is Sensory Processing?
22
4 Child Development
30
5 How to Select Appropriate Children
36
6 Running the Group
41
7 Now You Can Begin
46
8 Finding Sensory Materials
55
9 Choosing Sensory Food and Drink
62
10 Helpful Resources
65
Useful Handouts Templates and Forms
69
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About the author (2009)

Fiona Brownlee was Senior Peripatetic Paediatric Occupational Therapist in the Children and Families Department in Edinburgh, supporting children and staff in the City's Child and Family Centres. She retired recently after 40 years' working as a therapist. Lindsay Munro is a Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist within the Children and Families Department in Edinburgh, supporting children and staff in the City's Child and Family Centres.

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