Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with SensoryProcessing Issues

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with SensoryProcessing Issues


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BRAND NEW FOR 2018: A fully revised edition of the most comprehensive guide to sensory processing challenges

"At last, here are the insights and answers parents have been searching for." -Dr. Temple Grandin

For children with sensory difficulties - those who struggle process everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights - this groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource. Sensory processing challenges affect all kinds of kind - from those with developmental delays, learning and attenion issues, or autism spectrum disorder to those without any other issues. Now in its third edition, Raising a Sensory Smart Child is even more comprehensive and helpful than ever.

In this book, you'll learn:

*How the 8 senses (yes, 8!) are supposed to work together and what happens when they don't
*Practical solutions for daily challenges-from brushing teeth to getting dressed to handling holiday gatherings
* Strategies for managing sensitivities to noise, smell textures, and more
*"Sensory diet" activities that help meet sensory needs, with new ideas for kids, teens, adults, and families
* Parenting tips for handling discipline, transitions, and behavioral issues
*How to practically and emotionally support children and teens with autism and sensory issues
* Ways to advocate for your child at school and make schools more "sensory smart"
*How to help your child with sensory issues use technology effectively and responsibly
* Ways to empower your child and teen in the world
* Where to get the best professional help and complementary therapies


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143115342
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 98,769
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L is a occupational therapist based in Manhattan, where she evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and young adults with sensory processing issues, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental challenges.

Lindsey specializes in remediating fine and gross motor delays, visual perceptual skill development, enhancing daily living skills, and improving sensory processing issues. She also helps families and schools to make simple modifications at home and school to enhance a child’s ability to play, learn, and thrive.

Lindsey is also the author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens, published by W.W. Norton Mental Health. She writes articles for both professional and parenting publications and is the co-creator of the Sensory Processing Master Class DVD program along with Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide. She is a popular speaker, teaching workshops to parents, therapists, doctors, and others on practical solutions for developmental challenges and sensory strategies at home, school, and in the community.

Nancy Peske is the coauthor of the Cinematherapy series. She lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin with her husband and son, who was diagnosed with SI dysfunction when he was two.


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From the Publisher

" A must read for all parents who have children with sensory integration issues."
-Larry B. Silver, M.D., author of The Misunderstood Child

"At last, here are the insights and answers parents have been searching for."
-Dr. Temple Grandin

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Raising a Sensory Smart Child 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kathleen_Tehrani More than 1 year ago
In the world of special needs education, parents can sometimes get lost. They can actually be over looked, undervalued and sadly enough.. even belittled by educators who do not understand that (in the words of Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential)," Parents are not the problem. Parents are the biggest part of any solution, and their child's best teacher." Parents will do virtually anything for their children. The trick is to supply them with the appropriate information as to how to move forward. As one who knows this to be true, imagine my joy to have early childhood professionals and authors contacting me, and voicing that same exact philosophy. Two such individuals are the authors of the book, Raising a Sensory Smart Child, Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske. Lindsey is a pediatric occupational therapist, and co-wrote Raising a Sensory Smart Child with Nancy, the mother of one her former clients, in 2005. Temple Grandin, an amazing associate professor, author and adult with autism, wrote their foreword. They have received several awards such as the NAPPA Gold. While Lindsey still maintains a full caseload, she speaks around the country on parenting and teaching children with special needs, particularly SPD. Nancy Peske is the parent of a child with developmental delays and sensory issues and consequently an expert in the field of sensory processing. This summer, they will be releasing a new expanded edition of their book with a new chapter Lindsey wrote on sensory issues and autism, as well as additional information on practical strategies for teachers, teenagers, and adults--and many other additions as well. It has been a pleasure for me to explore this wonderful resource and to have the opportunity to view the new material in the book, which I will be highlighting in future articles. Raising a Sensory Smart Child reads with the ease of a novel and the practicality of a manual. I found myself wishing I had access to such clear, concise material when working in the early childhood classroom, realizing at once how incredibly valuable their information is. The book is divided into five sections: 1. Recognizing and Understanding Your Child's Sensory Issues 2. Addressing Your Child's Sensory Needs 3. Fostering Your Child's Development 4. Parenting with Sensory Smarts 5. Recommended Products and Resources Through careful implementation of the information contained in their book, (which includes information on how to obtain top notch therapists), you will be able to assemble a sensory diet that is appropriate and effective, specifically for your child. This is not a "one size fits all" philosophy, but a tailored approach to best facilitate learning for your child. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Please keep checking back to this page, as I will be referencing this wonderful resource often. Lindsey and Nancy's website is also a wealth of information that you will want to consult:www.sensorysmarts.com. ~Kathleen Tehrani, Education Collaboration Examiner for Examiner.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having studied occupational therapy years ago, and having worked with many children over the years, I already know quite a bit about sensory processing differences. This book is written for parents and teachers to give specific help for specific challenges in life. I'll refer to it repeatedly, and wish I had it for other children I have worked with. It fills a hole in my knowledge base, that was driving me crazy while I was learning with Stanley Greenspan. His books and work are invaluable, but this is definitely a missing link there.
AbbeyOTR More than 1 year ago
A great book for both parents and professionals. There are practical ideas to help your child at home, school and playground. I recommend this book to parents all the time to help them understand sensory processing and take the mystery and fear out of what is going on with their child. It is a sensitive and helpful book. Also, the accompanying website is also a wonderful resource.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All people process sensory information. Some people may have sensory issues without necessarily having sensory processing disorder. This book was extremely informative and educational. I better understand my child's needs around sensory input and putting together a sensory diet so we can be proactive in getting him what he needs. He does not have sensory processing disorder but does seek vestibular and proprioceptive input and this book helped me to process this information in an affective way to support his needs. It also has great references.
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RMG123 More than 1 year ago
I am still not completely finished with this book as there is so much information in it and I am trying to take notes to try applying as much as I can to my situation. The writer was thoughtful in all her writing and provides lots of details and examples.
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This book is printed all haphazard. It is not in order. It is highly upsetting since I really needed this book now! Now I have to deal with trying to find one that is printed correctly!