Sunday, April 5, 2009

Book Review-Sensational Kids

Sensational Kids Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Sensational Kids is written by Lucy Jane Miller and occupational therapist. She describes sensory processing using language that is easy for everyone to understand not just therapists and other professionals working in the field. She provides a great deal of information on symptoms and warning signs and even provides checklists to easily organize the information. The author goes on to elaborate upon assessment an diagnosis. She stresses the importance of early intervention and goes on to discuss utilizing your local school district and the benefits of a comprehensive evaluation and the important role parents play. The next chapter is on intervention. She outlines some key principles and explains how important it is for parents to understand their goals for themselves as well as for their child in a family-centered treatment approach. A families priorities will literally become therapy goals. She ends this chapter by explaining A SECRET...a way to given children ultimately a way to learn how to modify situations as needed to help them function more successfully. A SECRET is an acronym that stands for:

A Attention
S Sensation
E Emotional regulation
C Culture
R Relationships
E Environment
T Tasks

This combination of internal and external influences can be manipulated by parents and eventually by children to address sensory issues and behavioral problems whenever they occur.

Although Lucy Jane Miller includes anecdotal accounts through out her book, the second section is dedicated to daily experiences of five children with different types of sensory processing. It allows the reader to take a look and begin to understand the every day challenges children with sensory processing disorder experience and how it affects the family relationships.
The final section of this book builds on the knowledge the reader has acquired in the first two sections and explains things more in depth and tries to sort out some frequent questions readers may have.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read and it contained checklist charts and tables to make the information easier to understand.

But don't just take my word for it. Check out this review

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