A Buffet of Sensory Interventions: Solutions for Middle and High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Buffet of Sensory Interventions: Solutions for Middle and High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

by Susan Culp
     
 

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This book offers a smorgasbord of sensory-based interventions for use by educators, occupational therapists and parents. This practical and well-researched tool is unique by focusing on middle and high school students, whose sensory needs are often overlooked. In suggesting interventions for this age group, the author emphasizes the importance of fostering

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This book offers a smorgasbord of sensory-based interventions for use by educators, occupational therapists and parents. This practical and well-researched tool is unique by focusing on middle and high school students, whose sensory needs are often overlooked. In suggesting interventions for this age group, the author emphasizes the importance of fostering independence, self-advocacy and self-regulation as a way to for teens with autism spectrum disorders to take ownership of their sensory needs as they transition into adulthood. Using simple terminology and lots of illustrations, the book also explains sensory integration basics, describes the sensory systems and their dysfunction and helps develop daily educational interventions through assessment of sensory needs. Parents and educational team members working with teens with autism spectrum disorders will benefit from adding this resource to their library.

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Children with autism can have sensory problems. Some children may have one sensory problem, while others may have multiple concerns. There are seven sensory systems: touch, balance, body awareness, visual, auditory, taste, and smell. Children with autism may have sensory systems that over or under register input. Over-registering may make the child sensitive to sounds, be easily startled, dislike certain sounds or tastes, and be sensitive to light or textures. Under-registering may make a child not pay attention to those around him, not be easily startled at loud noises, ignore pain, and be oblivious to how active they are or are not. Some children may show a combination of both over and under registration of the senses. When children have sensory problems, they do not process the senses in the right way. Sensory interventions need to be put in place. For example, a child with visual problems may not like bright lights. As a result, this child will need to be in a room with dimmer light. This enlightening book informs the reader about each sensory system, the characteristics of a child that has sensory problems, and the interventions that can be put in place for that child. This book includes ways children can use self-regulation so they can help themselves, such as the ECLIPSE model that helps them to know themselves better. Furthermore, in the appendix, there are charts that are sensory tools, such as checklists and charts that can be used by the students and teachers. Teachers would benefit from using this book in the classroom to assist their students with sensory problems. Parents would benefit as well using this excellent book. Reviewer: Cathi I. White

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934575833
Publisher:
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
730,043
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
11 Years

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