Books on Sensory Integration

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Anderson, Elizabeth; Emmons, Pauline
Two parents have written this excellent resource on the sometimes hidden challenges of sensory problems and how they relate to the whole child. the book covers all senses and increase the reader's understanding of this challenge, but also offers ideas for improvement.

Anderson, Johanna
This handbook contains information about dealing with sensory defensiveness in children with autism. Therapists, teachers, and parents will learn strategies to help children cope with the sensory difficulties they may experience in daily living. The handbook features lists, ideas, and accounts of parents' real-life experiences that will help others think of ways to assist the children in their care. It is unusual in that it is non-technical and very user-friendly. Several reproducible lists and activity plans are included.

Aron, Elaine
With the publication of The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron became the first person to identify the inborn trait of "high sensitivity" and to show how it affects the lives of those who possess it. Up to 20 percent of the population is born highly sensitive, and now in The Highly Sensitive Child, Aron shifts her focus to highly sensitive children, who share the same characteristics as highly sensitive adults and thus face unique challenges as they grow up. Rooted in Aron's years of experience as a psychotherapist and her original research on child temperament, The Highly Sensitive Child shows how HSCs are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling, they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out. Few parents and teachers understand where this behavior comes from -- and as a result, HSCs are often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or "fussy," or classified as "problem children" (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder). But raised with proper understanding and care, HSCs are no more prone to these problems than nonsensitive children and can grow up to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults.

Auer, Christopher
Kids with sensory processing disorder SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light, and sound, and they may react strongly to sensory events that adult and other children take in stride or totally ignore. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school, participate in social events, and live peaceably with other family members. Until now there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but in this book a child advocate and child psychologist offer this comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the whole family. The book introduces SPD and offers an overview of what it means to advocate for a child with the condition. It describes a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder, and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter. Throughout, the book stresses the importance of whole-family involvement in the care of a child with SPD, especially the roles fathers play in care-giving. Many of the book's ideas are illustrated with case stories that demonstrate how the book's ideas can play out in daily life.

Ayres, A. Jean
Captured in correspondence written by sensory integration pioneer A. Jean Ayres to her nephew Philip Erwin, Love, Jean provides hope, insight, and inspiration to parents of children who have been diagnosed with dysfunction of sensory integration. Interspersed with her letters, written in the 1970s, are Erwin's poignant and sometimes gut-wrenching stories about what it felt like before, during, and after his aunt diagnosed his condition and renowned sensory integration therapist and researcher Zoe Mailloux's insights for parents from a therapist's perspective. The result is a book that gently unfolds for parents what sensory integration is and how parents of children with sensory processing differences should be filled with hope that help is on the way. It is also a heartfelt insight into the life of A. Jean Ayres and her deep love for her nephew.

Berger, Dorita S.
Music's ability to influence emotions and moods is universally acknowledged, and music therapists have long known that stimulating the brain through the auditory system is a key to obtaining remarkable responses. Music therapy is a particularly effective tool when working with children with autism spectrum conditions, because music communicates with these children on a level where mere words cannot go. Written in a way that is both informative for the professional and accessible for parents, this book furthers the already strong case for the use of music therapy as a resource to encourage behavioural changes for the better in children with autism spectrum conditions. Placing particular emphasis upon sensory integration, the author discusses contributing factors to the behaviour of people on the autism spectrum, and, through the use of case studies, presents the latest approaches in music therapy that are enabling children with autism spectrum conditions to better cope with sensory integration.

Biel, Lindsay
For children with sensory integration issues-those who have difficulty processing everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights-this groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource. Long thought to affect only autistic children, or mistaken for ADHD, SI dysfunction is finally being recognized as a separate condition. Coauthored by a pediatric occupational therapist and a parent of a child with SI dysfunction, Raising a Sensory Smart Child is as warm and accessible as it is authoritative and detailed and is an indispensable guide for parents, therapists, and teachers who will turn to it again and again.

Bogdashina, Olga
In this book, Olga Bogdashina attempts to define the role of sensory perceptual problems in autism identified by autistic individuals themselves. Often ignored by many professionals, this is one of the main problems highlighted by autistic individuals. This book singles out possible patterns of sensory experiences in autism and the cognitive differences caused by them. The final chapters are devoted to assessment and intervention issues with practical recommendations for selecting appropriate methods and techniques to eliminate the problems and enhance the strengths.

Brack, Jenny Clark
Each of the creative theme-based group lessons in this practical resource follows a sensory-integrated developmental sequence consisting of seven activities, all related to the theme. For maximum flexibility, suggestions for adaptation and modification for individual students are included, along with instructions for how to develop additional lessons. Finally, a chapter on school readiness skills shows how the lessons prepare children for later success in school.

Caldwell, Phoebe
People with severe autism experience the sensory information they receive from the world completely differently to those not on the spectrum. They feel cut off and overwhelmed, and their behaviour can become very distressed. This handbook shows how we can engage with people who are non-verbal or semi-verbal and sometimes even those who have speech but lose the power to process it when they are in crisis. We can help them to make sense of the world. Intensive Interaction uses a person's own body language to make contact with them and Sensory Integration develops the capacity of an individual to receive, process and apply meaning to information provided by the senses through targeted physical activities. These techniques can be used to develop an environment tailored to the particular sensory needs of the person with severe autism, reducing factors that cause distress. With illustrations, case examples and a wide range of tried-and-tested techniques, this practical guide provides indispensable tools for parents, carers and other professionals supporting people with severe autism and other learning disabilities.

Chara, Kathleen
Many children, especially those with autism-related problems, struggle with sensory integration. Christian is a 12-year-old who has suffered from over- and under-sensitivity issues since birth. Following his experiences as a young child, Chara and Chara relate Christian's painful reactions to touch and extreme sensitivity to tempera-ture, noise, taste and texture. Through detection, diagnosis, therapy and treatment, this book looks at the battles, frustrations and triumphs familiar to those with (or caring for those with) sensory integration difficulties. Sensory Smarts offers real solutions and hope, such as a sensory sensitivity scale, a behavioral rating chart and a list of helpful organizations. With much of the book written from the perspective of a child, and including rich illustrations, this book encourages children to work with adults in overcoming their sensory difficulties. Based on mainstream psychological theories, this book will be indispensable to those suffering from, or trying to raise awareness of, sensory problems in childhood.

Emmons, Polly Godwin; Anderson, Liz McKendry
Understanding Sensory Dysfunction is a clear and comprehensive resource to identifying and addressing sensory dysfunction in children, using a range of practical strategies to help them reach their full potential at home, at school and in the community. The authors explain the causes, contributing factors, symptoms and associated behaviors of sensory dysfunction, particularly when found in conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), ADHD and bipolar disorder. Focusing on early intervention, they provide a host of tried and tested integration activities, assessment and curricular modifications, treatment options and useful equipment and resources that ultimately aim to limit or prevent the interference of sensory dysfunction with successful learning, socialisation and skills development. This accessible and empowering book offers a unique approach to the condition and will help families, teachers and caregivers meet the particular needs of children with sensory dysfunction.

Fowler, Susan
We learn about the world constantly through our senses and by interacting with it. Children explore and play in different environments and in doing so they find out what burns them or hurts them, what can be eaten, which things smell nice and what different sounds signify. This process of exploration and learning continues throughout our lives. Because of physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities many people have not had the same opportunities to explore and interact with their environment. Sensory stimulation programmes are designed to provide environments in which people with disabilities can have the opportunity to use their senses to learn about and interact more meaningfully with the world. This photocopiable resource provides the reader with a step-by-step approach to organising a sensory stimulation programme for carers and other professionals working with people with physical, multiple or complex disabilities. Importantly, it also presents information on sensory stimulation within a framework that embraces the person's daily environment. Activity ideas are based around food, drink, personal and household care and crafts and are kept simple so they can be slotted into daily routine with minimum disruption. Assessment forms and checklists will help carers and support staff to monitor and understand their clients' needs and progress.

Fuge, Glenda; Berry, Rebecca
This book presents a series of ready-to-go theme-based activities to address children's sensory issues. With fun and motivating titles such as Flying Trapeze!, Let's Go Fishing! and Dinosaur Island, the 40 carefully designed activities make it easy for professionals and parents alike to provide structured peer play activities with a sensory-motor foundation. Pathways to Play! has the potential to enhance the development and lifelong happiness of children with sensory-integration challenges.

Heller, Sharon
Do clothing labels bother you so much that you have to remove them? Do you find many different foods repulsive? Do loud, sudden, or piercing sounds startle you? Do you need to wear sunglasses even on a cloudy day? Do you feel panicky going down an escalator or driving through a tunnel? If the answer to many of these questions is yes, you may suffer from sensory defensiveness, a common but often misdiagnosed condition that results from adverse reactions to what most people consider harmless sensations. Developmental psychologist Sharon Heller, sensory defensive herself, suggests that the best way for sufferers to cope is not psychotherapy or medication but a host of other treatments that tap into the primitive brain.

Hemphill, Barbara
Barbara Hemphill-Pearson's Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health has been updated and expanded into a much anticipated Second Edition. This text is a unique compilation of mental health assessments that are used in practice and taught in occupational therapy clinics and academic programs. With 30 contributors from a wide range of specialty areas in occupational therapy, this text is significantly revised with 23 chapters divided into 9 sections. The revisions elucidate the authors' perspectives so that they can be incorporated into mental health practices. Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health, Second Edition proposes an exciting integrated approach to assessing multiple systems. The chapters in this text also present a thorough process for approaching client evaluation. In addition, the reasoning process is explored in a way that is helpful to occupational therapy students and practitioners at all levels. Topic Included in the Second Edition: • Integrative approach in assessment • Interviewing process • Psychological assessment • Learning assessment • Behavioral assessment • Biological and spiritual assessment • Computerized assessment New to the Second Edition: • Projective media assessments • Spirituality concerns • Assessments in wellness and pediatrics • Evidence based research While introducing new assessments and offering updated information, this Second Edition supports an occupational therapist's development of evaluation responsibilities. Also, incorporated throughout the text is the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Each Chapter Includes: • A theoretical base on the assessment including historical development, rationale for development, behaviors assessed, appropriate patient use, review of literature, and assessment adminstration • How the instrument is administered, which will include the procedures, problems with administering, and materials needed • The presentation of a case study and interpretation of results • Statistical analysis and recent studies • Suggestions for further research to continue the development and refinement of assessments in mental health occupational therapy Overall, Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health provides information that can be used to scrutinize evaluation procedures and practices while providing a sound foundation for a holistic, integrated approach to client assessment.

Horowitz, Lynn
Sensory integration has provided help to children with behavior, learning, and motor skills problems for over 40 years. A treatment based on play, it helps children absorb, process, and respond to information in an appropriate manner. This book provides a complete overview and explanation of the therapy, as well as practical sensory integration–based techniques that can be used by teachers and parents to help the hyperactive child. This non-medical approach can be used in conjunction with, or as a substitute for, traditional drug treatments.

Huebner, Ruth A.
Aspen's new Autism: A Sensorimotor Approach to Management is the first reference of its kind to comprehensively cover the scientific, clinical, and human aspects of the sensory and motor dysfunction associated with autism. This unique new resource integrates research from many fields -- as well as the expertise of researchers, professionals, parents, and people with autism -- to help you plan and structure a sensory environment for people with autism; enhance learning and adaptation; understand the experience of autism; promote engagement in the tasks of life; teach children and adults to self-regulate sensory responses and achieve an optimal level of functioning; integrate the sensorimotor approach with other approaches.

Johnson, Jerry
This significant volume provides broad coverage of the spectrum of problems confronted by patients with developmental disabilities and the many kinds of occupational therapy services these individuals need. Experts identify exemplary institutional and community service programs for treating patients with autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and mental retardation. A welcome contribution to the meager professional literature on the subject, Developmental Disabilities: A Handbook for Occupational Therapists will be an enormously helpful resource for therapists who work with both children and adults, ranging from mild to severe levels of impairment. You will learn how to establish a therapeutic environment for children with autism, develop a pre-vocational program in a pediatric skilled care facility, use qualitative research to obtain insight into the world of adults with significantly limiting cerebral palsy, and provide early intervention for your developmentally disabled patients.

Kashman, Nancy; Mora, Janet
Two leaders is their respective fields offer ideas to teach sensory and communication skills to challenged children on the autism spectrum. Each of their exercises complement the work of the other so that the child benefits more from the interactions. Janet and Nancy offer real life situations and answers from their many years of working together.

Kranowitz, Carol Stock
'Difficult.' 'Picky.' 'Oversensitive.' 'Clumsy.' 'Unpredictable.' 'Inattentive.' Children who have been labeled with words like these may actually be suffering from Sensory Integration Disorder-a very common, but frequently misdiagnosed, condition that can manifest itself in excessively high or low activity levels, problems with motor coordination, oversensitivity or undersensitivity to sensations and movements, and other symptoms. This guide, written by an expert in the field, explains how SI Dysfunction can be confused with ADD, learning disabilities, and other problems, tells how parents can recognize the problem-and offers a drug-free treatment approach for children who need help.

Kranowitz, Carol Stock
This companion volume to The Out-of-Sync Child presents activities that parents of kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction can do at home with their child to strengthen their child's abilities-and have some fun together along the way.

Kranowitz, Carol Stock
This delightfully illustrated "chapter book," geared for eight-to-twelve-year-olds, tells the charming tale of five family members and their naughty dog (each with a different sensory processing challenge) and how they get in sync after a tough day. The book is designed with the action of the story in larger print for younger readers to read or hear. Explanations of sensory processing issues are woven through the story in regular type for proficient readers to linger over at leisure. Everyone with sensory issues will find a character to identify with. Maybe your child is like Darwin with sensory overresponsivity. Or perhaps you know someone like Betsy and Filibuster, who are sensory seekers. The Goodenough's tough day starts to make sense when they realize what each needs to do to get back in sync. This wonderful book, from the best-selling author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun is a must-have for every family challenged by sensory processing problems!

Kranowitz, Carol Stock et al
In this elegant approach to the often elusive subject of sensory integration, Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA, author of the best-selling The Out-of-Sync Child, and expert occupational therapists, including Stacey Szklut, MS, OTR/L and Lynn Balzer-Martin, Ph.D, OTR, have assembled an extensive and easy-to-use set of checklists and other tools that are invaluable to every teacher and parent who has children with sensory integration challenges.

Miller-Kuhaneck, Heather
Uniquely comprehensive, this book stands in stark contrast to the narrow focus of many other books, which deal with specific or narrow aspects of the PDD spectrum. Included in this volume are chapters that present the basics, including diagnostic criteria, typical range of symptoms and behaviors, and impact on family functioning; extensive material specific to assessment and intervention, including tools and techniques, using the team approach, intervention strategies, commonly offered alternatives, and research to date; worksheets, sample assessment tools and checklists, and progress report forms; suggested readings and extensive listings of further resources, web sites, and organizations, including contact information; convenient tables, instructive diagrams, and figures; and case studies. This book presents essential, broad-based information for students, entry-level practitioners, and advanced practitioners new to this critical area of practice.

Myles, Brenda Smith
This welcome addition to the Practical Solutions Series by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company uncovers the puzzling behaviors by children and youth with Asperger syndrome(AS) that have a sensory base and, therefore, are often difficult to pinpoint and interpret. Written in a very reader-friendly style, the book covers the impact of the sensory system on behavior, reviews formal and informal assessment tools and offers an invaluable set of practical interventions that can be used by parents and educators alike to promote success for children and youth with AS. The 'sensory gang' - a set of clever icons used throughout the book - helps the reader navigate between the senses.

Rubio, Ron
People with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) typically experience difficulty with balance, coordination and sensory awareness. The mind/body exercises in this book help young people with AS improve these skills, leading to greater self-confidence, and independence. Easy to use, with photographs to show how exercises are done correctly, these techniques can have an immediate effect on how an individual stands, sits, moves, thinks of him- or herself, and relates to others. The author's approach integrates ideas and practices from disciplines including martial arts, Eastern principles of mindfulness, techniques of visualization, breathing, posture, and movement, and the practice of mentoring. Mind/Body Techniques for Asperger's Syndrome is an introduction to Pathfinder training techniques for both parents of adolescents with AS and professionals including physical therapists, pediatricians, and special education teachers who work with them.

Schneider, Catherine
Sensory Secrets drives home the importance of using information from all the senses to develop foundational skills necessary for growing, learning, decision making, and communication. It is a guide to promote successful learning and positive behavior in people of all ages. Sensory Secrets is a must for parents; pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary education teachers; homeschoolers; and anyone who wishes to expand their understanding of neurology, thereby increasing positive outcomes. Sensory Secrets is written in an easy to read style with examples, ideas, and strategies. The Foundational Skills Inventory is included as a tool to assist educators and empower parents while locating possible areas of need to facilitate learning. Parents need this book the day they bring their newborn home from the hospital.

Smith, Karen A.; Gouze, Karen
In a book likely to transform how parents manage many of their child's daily struggles, Drs. Smith and Gouze explain the central and frequently unrecognized role that sensory processing problems play in a child's emotional and behavioral difficulties. Practicing child psychologists, and themselves parents of children with sensory integration problems, their message is innovative, practical, and, above all, full of hope. A child with sensory processing problems overreacts or underreacts to sensory experiences most of us take in stride. A busy classroom, new clothes, food smells, sports activities, even hugs can send such a child spinning out of control. The result can be heartbreaking: battles over dressing, bathing, schoolwork, social functions, holidays, and countless other events. In addition, the authors say, many childhood psychiatric disorders may have an unidentified sensory component.

Stone, Rhonda
Countless children with Irlen syndrome, involving sensitivity to aspects of light, have been misunderstood as lazy, slow, inattentive, dyslexic, ADHD, or just plain "troubled," when, in fact, what they suffer from is a correctable problem. Rhonda Stone's daughter Katie was struggling at school, despite hours of help each night with homework. She also complained of physical discomfort and constant difficulties with seeing and reading, even though she passed repeated vision exams. By chance, while looking for a solution to help her child, this mother encountered a controversial but scientifically proven solution that has already helped thousands. Her personal story shares with readers the latest information gathered from three continents and shows what can be done about this highly prevalent, commonly overlooked, but readily addressed problem.

Veenendall, Jennifer
Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success is an illustrated children's book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he was equipped with the tools to accommodate his sensory needs. Written from Arnie's point of view, the book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance. Arnie and His School Tools creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory modulation difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum. Occupational therapists, teachers and parents will find this book an engaging way to introduce elementary students to basic sensory tools used to help children focus in classroom settings, such as fidgets, chewy pencil toppers, and weighted vests. Additional resources are provided at the end of the book, including definitions of sensory processing and sensory modulation disorder, suggested discussion questions, and lists of related books and websites.

Williams, Donna
The author, herself autistic, expands on themes of her previous book, explaining how the senses of a person with autism work, suggesting that they are stuck at an early development stage common to everyone. Williams claims that most people move on from a system of sensing to a system of interpretation to make sense of the world; in doing so, they gain the means to cope with the world but lose various abilities which people with autism retain.

Yack, Ellen; Sutton, Shirley; Aquilla, Paula
Perfect for those working with young children, but broad enough to be adapted for older children and adults. Provides creative techniques and useful tips while offering innovative strategies and practical advice for dealing with everyday challenges, including managing behaviors, improving muscle tone, developing social skills, selecting diets - and more! Written by three occupational therapists whose areas of expertise include sensory integration, autism, learning disabilities, and enhancing motor skills, Building Bridges through Sensory Integration offers a combination of theory and strategies for parents, therapists, and teachers. The ideas in this book evolved as they searched for resources to provide simple activity suggestions and accomodations for the children in their own practices. Part one includes the theory of sensory integration, occupational therapy's role in treatment of sensory issues, and information on the sensory systems. Part two supplies numerous checklists to use in screening for sensory difficulties, strategies for managing challenging behaviors, ideas for self-care skills, adaptations for different settings, suggested activities for sensory diets, and make-it-yourself equipment ideas.

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