It is estimated that more than 10 percent of children deal with some form of sensory processing disorder (SPD), a neurological disorder characterized by the misinterpretation of everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement.
For many children, SPD can lead to academic struggles, behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and other issues.
The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 250 Questions Parents Ask
by Tara Delaney
Is there medication for sensory processing disorder? How can occupational therapy help? What advice can I give my child’s teacher? Can you “outgrow” sensory processing disorder?
How can we make social situations less of an ordeal? What are some therapeutic activities I can do with my child?
The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book is a reassuring, authoritative reference, providing sound advice and immediate answers to your most pressing questions about SPD, such as:
- What is sensory processing?
- Does SPD affect social skills?
- Can you see sensory processing difficulties in an infant?
- What is Sensory Integration Therapy?
- Is SPD a sign of autism?
- Are there tests for SPD?
- How do I get a prescription for occupational therapy?
- How do I teach my child to understand his sensory needs?
Written in an easy-to-read question and answer format, “The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book” helps you fully understand SPD, conquer your fears and seek help for your child when necessary.
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Matt Mielnick says
Hi Jennifer, My name is Matt Mielnick. I am also an OT with 20 years of experience working with kids from EI through their primary grades. Looking back I remember that my OT education covered the topic of “Sensory Integration” in one 40 minute class. Once I was working with and especially evaluating these kiddos I realized the enormous contribution that Ayres made in bringing this new frame of reference to light, but soon after realized that many people (therapists included) really did not understand the discussion, let alone were they able to communicate it to a distressed parent or a concerned teacher. In the years that have passed I have evaluated over 2000 children, mostly for agencies in NYC that qualify children for related services through the BOE CPSE program. I have made it my grail to understand these inefficiencies, but moreover to carefully communicate what is likely happening to the parents of these struggling children (no, not every behavior or learning challenge is a sensory issue!). I have received amazing support and encouragement from colleagues, and their recognition led me to write my book — Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders in Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. To my utter amazement the book was published this past summer by the Jessica Kingsley Publishers house. As of yet, it has not been widely reviewed on Amazon. I’d like to send you a copy. I would certainly be interested in any feedback, about the book or the process of getting it out there, and would be agreeable to offering you some percentage if you thought it was appropriate to place on your website.
Thanks for your part in making “sense” of all this.