The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing in Children: Easy, Everyday Solutions to Sensory Challenges

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Shockingly, 1 in every 20 children experiences symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD Foundation), affecting their ability to fully participate in everyday life. When sensory processing is impaired, lights can be too bright, sounds too loud, and clothes can actually be painful on the skin. It can be practically impossible for children to tolerate their day, let alone learn in a classroom. In this book, endorsed by best-selling special needs author Carol Kranowitz, neuropsychologist Dr. Roya Ostovar helps ...
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Overview


Shockingly, 1 in every 20 children experiences symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD Foundation), affecting their ability to fully participate in everyday life. When sensory processing is impaired, lights can be too bright, sounds too loud, and clothes can actually be painful on the skin. It can be practically impossible for children to tolerate their day, let alone learn in a classroom. In this book, endorsed by best-selling special needs author Carol Kranowitz, neuropsychologist Dr. Roya Ostovar helps parents to help their children. She provides clear explanations, up-to-date research, step-by-step strategies, and case examples that bring her proven methods to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935274070
  • Publisher: World Future Horizons
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 685,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Roya Ostovar, PhD, is a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has served as a consultant to many schools on developing effective programs for students with special needs. She resides in Newton, MA.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction 1

What Sensory Processing Disorder Is 2

What It's Like to Have SPD 3

What We Know about SPD 4

Strategies to Help Parents 6

Chapter 1 What Is SPD? 9

Problem Child or SPD? 10

No Recognition for a Real Disorder 17

Whom SPD Affects and How 20

The Three Types of SPD 26

Mixed Subtypes 31

What the Research Tells Us about SPD 44

Other Research Possibilities 45

Chapter 2 What It's Like to Have SPD 49

What Causes SPD? 50

How to Step into Your Child's Shoes 51

Real Stories of Kids with SPD 53

Case Study: Samantha, Age 8-Difficulty with Speech, Movement, and Touch 54

Case Study: Oliver, Age 5-Difficulty with Speech and Movement 64

Chapter 3 Understanding SPD as a Form of Stress 75

One Reaction Does Not Fit All 77

How Stress Affects Our Bodies 81

Stressed Out and Shut Down 83

When Stress Interferes with Thinking 84

Soldiering On, Fleeing, and Fighting 84

Different Types of Stress 85

Reliving a Stressful Event Again and Again 87

What Studies Tell Us about Understanding Stress-and SPD 88

Three Effects of Stress on the Immune System 89

A Predisposition for Stress and SPD 90

Chapter 4 Helping Your Child Every Day and at Special Events 93

Religious and Cultural Holidays 95

Find Out the Five W's of the Event 96

Tips for Religious and Cultural Holidays 96

Weddings and Funerals 102

The Wedding Planner 103

Funerals 106

Vacations 109

Grocery and Department Stores 110

Comparative Shopping 111

Sports Events 112

At the Game 114

After the Game 114

A Child's Birthday Party 115

The Invitation Arrives 115

Your Child Is at the Party 117

Chapter 5 Assessment,Diagnosis, and Treatment-Where to Begin 119

Step 1 Make a List of Your Concerns 120

Step 2 Fill Out a Symptom Checklist 121

Step 3 Get a Referral to an Occupational Therapist 134

Step 4 Educate Yourself about SPD 136

Step 5 Find an Occupational Therapist Trained to Assess and Treat SPD 137

Step 6 Connect with Community, Local Organizations, Other Families 141

The Assessment Process: What You Need to Know 143

What a Sample Evaluation Looks Like 144

Relevant History 145

Behavioral Observations 147

Recommendations 148

Sample Occupational Therapy Sensory Evaluation 151

What Is a Sensory Diet? 162

Suggested Sensory Diet Activities 164

What You Can Expect from Treatment 167

Sensory Integration Therapy 169

Chapter 6 How to Help Create a Sensory-Friendly Classroom 173

The Effect of SPD on Learning and Functioning at School 174

Creating Sensory-Friendly Classrooms 176

Convincing Schools to Help Your Child 177

Behavior as a Form of Communication 184

Case Study: Ray-Avoiding Embarrassment by Acting Out 187

Case Study: Ali's Story-Fear of Failure 190

Communicating with Your Child's School 192

Chapter 7 The Difference between SPD and Look-Alike Disorders 211

Pervasive Developmental Disorders 212

Autism 213

Asperger Syndrome 215

Nonverbal Learning Disorder 217

The Learning Disorders 219

Attention-Dehcit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Disruptive Behavior Disorders 221

Individual Treatment for Similar Symptoms 223

Children with Bipolar Disorder 229

How Behavioral Challenges Play a Role 230

Case Study: Emily, Age 6-Mood Instability 231

A Helpful Tool-A Developmental History Form 244

Appendix A Typical Developmental Stages in Children 267

Understanding Your Child's Development 268

Piaget's Developmental Theory 268

Sensorimotor Stage 269

Preoperational Stage 269

The Concrete Operational Stage 270

How an Art Project Can Act as a Sensory Feast 270

Formal Operations 271

Appendix B CDC Development Milestones for Children 273

Important Milestones by the End of 3 Months 273

Important Milestones by the End of 7 Months 276

Important Milestones by the End of 12 Months 278

Important Milestones by the End of 2 Years 281

Important Milestones by the End of 3 Years 283

Important Milestones by the End of 4 Years 286

Important Milestones by the End of 5 Years 289

Notes 293

Resources 297

Books 297

Videos 299

Web Sites 300

Organizations 301

Index 303

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    A must read for parents, teachers, and clinicians

    This book is a Godsend and the most helpful book I have read on Sensory Processing Disorder. It literally offers hundreds of practical solutions and answers to every problem and situation a parent of a child with SPD might face. It covers every question you have about SPD and more. It is easy to read, understand, and use. You will find yourself going back to this book again and again and using it to make life easier for your child and for your family.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Excellent book! Easy and enjoyable to read and highly informative.

    Excellent book! Easy and enjoyable to read and highly informative.

    Every teacher should have a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder. Without knowledge of Sensory Processing Disorder, you tend to take your sensory system for granted, assuming the students in your classroom experience the world the same way you do. This guide to Sensory Processing Disorder provides critical information to help us understand the sensory processing needs of our students and how to meet those needs. A comprehensive guide that will exponentially improve classroom outcomes for students. This book should be required reading for all teacher education programs!

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    It's a MUST read for any parent or professional!

    I am a mental health therapist who treats children with sensory processing disorder and I also have a nephew who has SPD. I found this book to be simple to understand and the case studies help tremendously! I first read The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz who endorses Ostovar's excellent book. I recommend this book to all my client's parents and also to teachers who may need tools/techniques in the classroom. Great book!

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