Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Izzy is in first grade and does not like it. The other children are too loud. Some of the their voices are earsplitting.. She has spent most of the first month crying and hiding under the table. She has thrown tantrums because of the noise and was sent to the principal's office. However, she likes being there because it is quiet and she can relax. Izzy has difficulty because she has a sensory processing disorder. Not only do loud noises bother her, but other disruptions like people bumping into her can cause problems. This educational book explains, through Izzy's story, how a child with this disorder functions in the classroom. Her brain messes up signals about things that are happening to her and relays sounds louder than they really are. As a result, she needs to learn how to adjust in school. An occupational therapist can help her feel calmer and aid her in listening to her body. The teacher can assist the child by not overstimulating her with room decorations, sit the child with quieter children, and use calmer lighting. Children with sensory disorders may also use a weighted vest or blanket, squishy balls, and other tools to help them feel more relaxed. Teachers and parents who work with these children would benefit from reading this informative book. Included in the back of the book are resources that parents and teachers can use to find out more about sensory disorders. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934575468
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 39
  • Sales rank: 251,742
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    From beginning to end, I LOVED this wonderful tool for introducing sensory challenges and solutions to kids at such an important age as early elementary school years. Izzy is a wonderful role model for kids who are challenged by their senses. They can see they are not alone and see how she deals with some of her challenges at school. As important, the book provides a wonderful tool to introduce sensory issues and potential sensory overload to classmates to help them better understand their peers who might be dealing with sensory overload. This book has great potential to bridge a gap between classmates by giving a better understanding of what others might be experiencing with regards to sensory issues.

    Kudos to Jennifer Veenendall for delivering to us a wonderfully illustrated and clever story which beautifully tells a story of one child that can be transferred to many, many more.

    Joanna Keating-Velasco, Author & Special Education Educator

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