Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)


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Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Lucy Jane Miller, Doris A. Fuller, Janice Roetenberg

Revised and updated—the authoritative bestseller that presents the latest research on Sensory Processing Disorder.

Sensory Processing Disorder is an increasingly common diagnosis, with a wide range of symptoms that can be difficult for parents and pediatricians to identify. In Sensational Kids, internationally renowned expert Dr. Miller shares her more than forty years of experience and research findings on SPD. Now in its fourteenth printing, with more than 50,000 copies sold in all formats, it is an authoritative and practical guide to understanding and treating this little-understood condition.

Newly updated, this revised edition will include the latest research on SPD's relationship to autism, as well as new treatment options and coping strategies for parents, teachers, and others who care for kids with SPD. Other topics include:

The signs and symptoms of SPD

Its four major subtypes

How the disorder is diagnosed and treated sensory strategies to help SPD kids develop, learn and succeed, in school and in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399167829
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 106,475
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, founded and is the clinical director of the STAR Center and the research director of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, which together provide treatment, parent education and coaching, and research about SPD. She is an associate clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a professor of pediatric science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Table of Contents

Foreword Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA xiii

Introduction xvii

Preface xxv

Part I The Basics

Chapter 1 What Is Sensory Processing Disorder? 5

Sensory Processing and SPD 6

The Legacy of Dr. A. Jean Ayres 8

Behavior and SPD 13

Context and Sensory Processing Disorder 18

Chapter 2 Symptoms and Warning Signs 23

Red Flags and Early Warnings 24

Primary Pattern One: Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD) 27

SMD Subtype 1 Sensory Over-Responsivity 28

SMD Subtype 2 Sensory Under-Responsivity 31

SMD Subtype 3 Sensory Craving 34

Primary Pattern 2 Sensory Discrimination Disorder (SDD) 37

Primary Pattern 3 Sensory-Based Motor Disorder (SBMD) 41

SBMD Subtype 1 Dyspraxia 42

SBMD Subtype 2 Postural Disorder 45

When Red Flags Go Up 48

Chapter 3 Assessment and Diagnosis 51

Early Diagnosis 53

Screening for SPD 56

The Multidisciplinary Team 57

The OT Evaluation 59

Diagnosis 62

Subjectivity in Diagnosis 64

Chapter 4 Treatment and Strategies 66

Evolution of Thought 67

The STAR Treatment Model 68

The Five Procedural Requirements 69

Six Therapeutic Principles 78

Six Advanced Capacities of Therapists and Parents 96

Final Note 108

Part II Living with Sensational Kids

Chapter 5 Ryan, a Typically Developing First Grader 113

Chapter 6 LaTanya, an Over-Responsive Kindergartner 129

A Secret for Your Child with Sensory Over-Responsivity 154

Chapter 7 Tam, an Udder-Responsive Second Grader 162

A SECRET for Your Child with Sensory Under-Responsivity 181

Sensory Discrimination Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis 189

Chapter 8 Ben, a Sensory-Craving Preschooler 193

Is it SPD or ADHD? 205

A SECRET for Your Sensory-Craving Child 220

Chapter 9 Abby, a Third Grader with Dyspraxia 228

A SECRET for Your Child with Dyspraxia 248

Chapter 10 As Sensational Children Grow Up 261

Abby and Children with Dyspraxia 264

Ben and Sensory Cravers 266

Tarn and Children with Under-Responsivity 268

La Tanya and Children with Over-Responsivity 269

Planning for the Future 271

Part III Beyond the Basics

Chapter 11 The Science of SPD 277

What's Going on in the Brain of My Child? 280

Research Implications 287

Promising Avenues of Research 288

Neurophysiological Studies 288

Possible Pharmacological Approaches 289

SPD Studies Using Primates 289

Studies of Multisensory Integration 289

Association of SPD and Behavior Issues 290

Chapter 12 Beyond the Type 295

The Prevalence of Combination Disorders 296

Other Disorders and SPD 302

Epilepsy and SPD 302

Traumatic Brain Injury and SPD 303

Migraines and SPD 304

Schizophrenia and SPD 304

Anxiety and SPD 304

Conclusion 305

Chapter 13 The SPD-ADHD Connection 306

Chapter 14 Sensory Processing Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder 313

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder 315

Prevalence 319

Diagnostic Challenges 320

What ASD Looks Like in Children 321

Research 322

Restrictive and Repetitive Behavior 327

Chapter 15 Emotion Regulation and SPD 329

Chapter 16 Causes and Prevalence 340

Whose Fault Is It, Anyway? 342

Heredity 342

Parental Conditions and Birth Trauma 345

Environmental Factors 347

Chapter 17 Intervention: Out-of-the-Box General Information and Treatment Effectiveness 349

Treatment That Is Truly Parent Centered 352

The Role of Intervention 354

How Parent Priorities Become Treatment Goals 356

The Effectiveness of Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial 360

Review of Existing Studies Related to Effectiveness of OT 364

New Treatment Effectiveness Research Initiative (2014) 365

A Final True Story 366

Conclusion: A Personal Message to Parents 371

Acknowledgments 377


A Sample Letter for Parents 381

B Eligibility Requirements for Screening and Evaluation Under IDEA 385

C Locating and Choosing a Qualified Occupational Therapist 387

D Locating a Multidisciplinary Team 393

E What Is SMART Play? 395

F Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists 399

References 405

Notes 407

Index 419

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