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I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Alexandra's Journey (2nd Edition)

I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Alexandra's Journey (2nd Edition)

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by Chynna T. Laird

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Through Understanding Comes Respect and Love
This book was inspired by the author's daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. It was written to validate Jaimie's feelings and to show her other children feel things the way she does. This book can help children with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers


Through Understanding Comes Respect and Love
This book was inspired by the author's daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. It was written to validate Jaimie's feelings and to show her other children feel things the way she does. This book can help children with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers understand what children with SPD go through; and also help therapists, teachers and/or counselors learn how to talk about it. Helping others learn about children with special needs brings understanding to them and help to make them seem less... different.

New 2nd edition includes suggested activities teachers or caregivers can do with children to help develop a deeper understanding of how SPD "feels" plus new pages on vestibular and proprioception systems.

Learn more at www.LilyWolfWords.ca
From the Growing With Love Series from Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

JNF053180 Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Special Needs
EDU026010 Education : Special Education - Communicative Disorders
FAM034520 Family & Relationships : Parenting - Hyperactivity

Editorial Reviews

Tanya Wilson
"This book is a must-read for any parent who has a child suffering with Sensory Processing Disorder. It also helps your child put words to what they are feeling on a daily basis. Teachers and other professionals working with children who have SPD also come to a better understanding of how to help these children."
--Tanya Wilson
Lillian Baulkham
"A heart-touching book, written in a straightforward, kid-friendly manner that provides an excellent insight to the trials, frustrations, and new discoveries children with SPD and their families may encounter. This book has assisted in creating an appreciation and acceptance of the unique qualities within all of us, and that we are not 'weird'-we are 'wonderful'!"
--Lillian Baulkham, Grade 3 teacher, Sweet Grass School, Edmonton, Alberta
C. Hall
"When I read Chynna Laird's I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD, I almost cried. Not because the story of a child struggling with severe sensory disorder is so sad, but because the frustration shared by child and family alike before diagnosis is so heart-wrenching. Ms. Laird leaves the reader with a moment of with a moment of joy and a real hope for a brighter tomorrow!"
--C. Hall

Product Details

Loving Healing Press
Publication date:
Growing With Love , #9
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

CHYNNA LAIRD – is a psychology major,freelance writer and author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her partner, Steve, and their three daughters [Jaimie (nine), Jordhan (seven), and Sophie (three)] and beautiful boy, Xander (five). Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs.

You’ll find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational, Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States, Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored an award-winning children’s book (I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult novel (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out of Sync), and a Young Adult Suspense/Mystery/ Paranormal/Sweet Romance (Undertow, to be released late summer/early fall 2012). She’s also working on a sequel to Not Just Spirited called Not Just Spirited: The Journey Continues and a few other projects in the works for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers.

Please visit Chynna’s Website at www.lilywolfwords.ca. To stay on top of her work, you can find her writing snippets at her author blog at www.chynna-laird-author.com, her SPD/ special needs blog at www.the-gift-blog.com and her blog focusing on mental health and other issues at www.seethewhiteelephants.com.

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I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Alexandra's Journey (2nd Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MacKidMelbourne More than 1 year ago
Chynna Laird wrote I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD to help her daughter, who was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). None of my children have ever been diagnosed with it, but I've heard of a couple of acquaintances that have children who have this disorder. Before reading the book, I really didn't know much about SPD. If you have a child that has SPD, I recommend purchasing this book for them. If your child has siblings, read it to them as well. It can really help your SPD-diagnosed child to understand that they are not alone in their feelings, and that what they think and feel is NORMAL for children that have SPD. For their siblings, it can help to explain how their sister or brother is feeling, and why they're not always able to communicate their fear, hurt or frustration in effective ways. I think this book would be helpful to parents of SPD-diagnosed children as well. As parents, we can forget that our children (even those not diagnosed with SPD or other disorders) have difficulty communicating their feelings to us all the time. Reading this book helped me to remember that when my 8 year old is having a tantrum of sorts, there is something more going on than just the "NO" answer he got when asking for the candy at the grocery check out. If you don't know what SPD is, read this book! You never know when one of your children will befriend an SPD-diagnosed child at school, daycare or summer camp. This can help us all to be a little more educated and accepting of children who may have this disorder. There is some great information for parents, teachers and counselors at the end of the book as well regarding SPD. Activity suggestions, answers to questions and more!
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
This book is full of so much information. I have listed it as being for all ages because I know I learned a TON about Sensory Processing Disorder. It is written using simple enough language that a child could understand it. It delves into the many things that a child with SPD can experience and how they react. Many of them just scream all the time because their brain can't interpret any of the things they feel. Light hurts their eyes, touch burns their skin or tickles them, smells may change from smelling good to terrible...Things change for these people. They may start off completely normal and then have the things they love suddenly feel bad to them. The end of the story makes it sound like kids can be taught how to overcome some of the difficulties with their disease. They can be happy once they have found ways to cope with their confused senses. I found this to be very enlightening. It made me think that parents would benefit from reading this book as much as a child. I can now look at my children and hope not to see the signs of SPD in them, but at least now I know what the signs are. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
ShaunaS More than 1 year ago
Book: I’m Not Weird, I have SPD Author: Chynna Laird Juvenile Fiction: Social Issues – Special Needs I found this book to be very informative in a very easy to read format, geared toward a child. This book explains the details about SPD and how it can affect your child’s life and their social abilities. I’m Not Weird I have SPD was inspired by the author’s child Jaimie and her struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder. The book is great to read to your child, if they are suffering from SPD, it can help them learn how to put words to their feelings. One of the problems with SPD is that the kids do not know how to express how they are feeling, how it feels for someone to touch them or a certain material to touch their skin. They do not feel, hear or smell things the way others do and they need help to understand how to explain how scary things can be for them. In the back of this book you will find some ‘sensational activities’ to help other children understand, along with lots of other helpful information for parents of children with SPD. I highly recommend this book to any parent of a child suffering from SPD. I also recommend Loving healing [dot] com for many books on healing and different disorders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chynna Laird was inspired by her daughter to write I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD. Chynna not only wanted to write this book to help her daughter deal with the emotions that came with Sensory Processing Disorder, but wanted to help the children around her understand it as well. This book is an amazing resource for teachers and parents. Its not always easy to put other's emotions into words, or describe how people feel. Also, children cannot always put these things into perspective for others. When I was in college, I was a teacher's aid at a day care. One of the children had SPD. I had no idea what this was and researched it to help me help this child. I never found anything like this. If I had this book at the time, I am sure I could have understood him better and helped him. As parents, we can never predict who will be in the class with our children, or who they will make friends with. It is a good idea to learn something about disorders that occur in children so that we can help ours connect and understand the world around them. The book teaches children what SPD is, and how it effects those with the disorder. It also helps children who have been diagnosed learn to communicate their feelings. SPD can make children not like being touched, not like certain sounds, tastes, and smells. But, this book can teach children to communicate these feelings and understand that its okay. I think I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD can do more than just help understand the disorder. It can also help other children learn to cope with their feelings. Children have to learn to communicate in ways besides screaming and throwing a tantrum. This book can be implemented to help them tell us why they get so upset. The book also includes teacher and parent resources at the back with fun activities to further the lessons in the book. I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD would be an amazing resource for any library, classroom, or home.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
helping children understand sensory processing issues Do you have any idea what Sensory Processing Disorder is and how it affects people who have it? Alexandra is a young girl who has a problem. Noises, even whispers, hurt her ears. Smells bother her nose, and her food doesn’t taste good. Lights in stores bother her eyes. Things feel bad on her skin. As a result she often screams to block out these frightening things. Sometimes she also spins around or squeezes into tight places. Some people think that she’s weird. What is causing Alexandra’s problems, and what can she and her parents do about them? An Occupational Therapist tells Mama and Daddy that Alexandra has Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD for short. Her brain doesn’t process things the same way that everyone else’s brain does. When she smells something or someone touches her, her brain gets the message but doesn’t understand how to read it. Her brain jumbles up the messages that it receives and gets confused. So she gets scared and screams. They also learn techniques that will help Alexandra to cope with her disorder. When I was on the board of the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo, one of the frequent requests we received was to choose special needs speakers who would help homeschooling parents deal with sensory processing issues in their children. I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD was inspired by author Chynna Laird’s daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. The book, for which Kindle and ePub editions are also available, was written to show those with SPD that there are other children who feel things the way they do. It can help youngsters with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers understand what children with SPD go through; and also help therapists, teachers, and/or counselors learn how to talk about it. The new 2nd edition includes some suggested activities which teachers or caregivers can do with children to help develop a deeper understanding of how SPD "feels" plus an interview with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, director of the STAR Center at Denver, CO, and a recognized expert in the field. Alexandra learns that she’s not weird—she just has Sensory Processing Disorder.
busymommylist More than 1 year ago
I personally have never heard of Sensory Processing Disorder before I read this book. I have heard of many illnesses and disorders that affect children and their families in so many ways, and it is always just so sad. Especially when the baby or child, can't really communicate about their feelings with their parents. I often wonder how horrible that would feel, and wish nothing but the best for these families. One thing I found out is that SPD is a little similar to what I have, which is RSD, and in some ways, we have some of the same issues with touch. (RSD affects your nervous system and is also known as chronic regional pain syndrome) So, I felt very sad for this little girl because I do know how it feels to have pain and how it feels when hugs and touch actually hurt. I wish more books like this would be written for all the different things that our children have to deal with, maybe if they were kept in classrooms and libraries, and more people were aware of these disorders, the ignorance and making fun, and misunderstandings would stop. This goes for adults just as much as children. This book was written very well, and the pictures are adorable. This cute little girl and all of her struggles and story have touched our hearts and i am sure will touch many more. This would be an excellent book for any child, of any age, who also suffers from SPD, as well as any family who has a child or friend or relative who has this. Education is the key with things like this and the more people who become aware, the better we become as people and as a society. There are many children who could use this book as a way to help them explain how they feel, how things hurt, and how things look to them. The most important part for these kids I would believe is for people to understand and listen to them, rather then think they are so "weird". I think this book should be at every doctors office and hospital. That way, when a family finds out what is happening with their children, the doctor can hand them this book as a reference and it will be the stepping stone for the healing process. My granddaughter was recently diagnosed with Downs, and when my daughter had her at her new doctors office, they handed her a book all about Downs, written by a boy who had Downs, and this has been a tremendous help for all of us! I hope this book becomes well known amongst the medical community for that reason. I would also recommend this book to people who work with kids, around kids, have kids, maybe this will also help children accept and ask questions and learn, rather then make children who are a little "different", feel "weird" ** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **
Patty432 More than 1 year ago
This book allows us to understand not only what SPD is, but gives us a better grasp on what children that have Sensory Processing Disorder are going through in their everyday life. In the back of the book, you will find some great tips on how to make the world not so scary for a child with SPD, and tools that will help those who interact with a child that has this disorder, have a better understanding on the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He marks this as his territory.