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If you’re like me, you’ve always wondered why sensory activities and sensory play seem to be so important these days. We’ve heard of children getting diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and we know that all over Pinterest we’ve seen pins showing us how to put together sensory bins. But why?
Sensory processing is the way a child’s brain responds to the environment around them. It’s their nervous systems’ response to what is happening around them, and that can vary from child to child.
Sensory Processing 101
It’s the reason my own son hates the days when the bus ride gets too loud. It’s the reason one of my students runs to me with her hands over her ears when a loud truck passes by the playground while we’re outside. It’s the reason my neighbor’s child hates getting his hands dirty and must wash them immediately upon getting something on them.
Sensory processing is a BIG issue because it covers a lot of different elements for a parent, caregiver, or teacher. And that’s why this book, Sensory Processing 101, is a MUST-HAVE for everyone! It’s not just for the kids who have sensory processing disorder, or SPD. It’s for all children, who experience sensory processing on a daily basis.
About the Authors
My good friend, Dayna Abraham is a teacher and mom whose son has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. She blogs about sensory topics and SPD on her blog, Lemon Lime Adventures. Sensory processing is a topic that’s near and dear to her heart, and she just knew she had to write a book about it to help other moms, caregivers, and teachers. So, she partnered with Claire Heffron, Lauren Drobnjak, and Pam Braley, the pediatric occupational and physical therapists at the Inspired Treehouse to write Sensory Processing 101, which provides a quick overview for parents and teachers about the issues that can fall under the sensory processing tree.
Three Books in One
When you purchase this book, you will receive 3 guides in one handy resource!
Part I: Sensory Processing Explained. This book is a full-color, 200 page guide to all things sensory. Each section offers a therapist’s point of view and then a parent’s point of view. You will read about sensory systems such as,
- the auditory system (hearing)
- the olfactory system (smell)
- oral sensory processing (taste)
- the proprioceptive system (the way we move)
- the tactile system (touch)
- the vestibular system (balance)
- the visual system (sight)
Part II: Sensory Activities. In this section you will receive some amazing sensory activity ideas you can implement at home or in your classroom. There are ideas from sensory boxes, to a sound lab, to scented science experiments.
Part III: Sensory Resources. In this section you will receive some printables and must-have resources that will provide you with even further sensory guides. You can gain more information, support, and insight using the recommended top sensory websites, printables, more books, and support groups.
Here’s just a peek at one of the amazing pages!
Now for my review:
I am completely captivated by this book. My own child doesn’t have sensory processing disorder, but he has exhibited some times where his sensory processing system has gone awry. He was the child who despised having his hands dirty as a toddler. Like refused to touch ANYTHING! Now, at 7, he’s the boy who hates loud noises and situations. The noise on the bus bothers him and even when we walk into a store and the music is too loud, he gets annoyed. Finally, his oral sensory processing is hypersensitive. He is the picky child who limits himself to a few familiar foods, and even then still gags when he takes bites. I’ve finally learned that this is not because he doesn’t like the food, it’s his oral sensory process.
As a preschool teacher, I’ve noticed some similar behaviors in my students. Some hate loud noises, covering their ears while we play outside, some who hate getting their hands dirty, and some who gag at snack time.
This book has changed my world as a parent and educator. It’s the piece of my education that’s always been missing. I never understood these behaviors from my own child or my students. Now, because of this book, I get it. It’s the lightbulb. It’s the missing puzzle piece. Between the information and the activities, I feel like now I can better teach my own son and students in the classroom.
Are you ready to get your hands on this amazing resource? Exposing kids to a variety of sensory activities is not only beneficial for their development – it’s also FUN! Kids love exploring the world by touching, moving, listening, looking, tasting, and smelling. Playful exposure to sensory input can help kids create healthier responses to the sensory input in their surroundings.
You can get the first chapter for free to learn more, and if you order before Sept. 22, you’ll receive 3 BONUS guides: teaching children about sensory processing, shareable cards and a sensory processing memory game.
The book is available as a PDF (and you can purchase just one section at a time, or all three) or as a print book on Amazon.
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