Monday, October 17, 2011

Some of my favorite sensory books

In celebration of National Sensory Awareness Month (and my love of reading), I would like to share some of my favorite sensory books with you. Most are geared toward parents, but I have also found them to be helpful to me as an OT. 

Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L & Nancy Peske
This book, co-authored by an occupational therapist and a mother of a child with sensory processing disorder, is a wonderful resource full of tips for nearly every situation a child with sensory issues could encounter (e.g. washing hair, wearing eyeglasses, dentist appointments). This book also explains sensory processing in parent-friendly terms, and discusses other issues, such as autism, picky eating and advocating for your child. I would say that this book is a must-have for parents and pediatric occupational therapists. Check out Linday's website SensorySmarts for tons of helpful information about occupational therapy, sensory processing disorder, and sensory tips.

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
This is another go-to book for parents, as it puts sensory processing into very easy to understand terms. Written by Lucy Jane Miller, founder of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, this book provides of wonderful overview of sensory processing disorder and is full of case studies that illustrate how sensory processing disorder presents in different children.

The Out of Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Stock Cranowitz, MA
This book is a  companion to The Out of Sync Child. Honestly, I have never read The Out of Sync Child, but I'm sure it is as wonderful as its companion. I've flipped through The Out of Sync Child, and it appears to be similar to the first two books listed above. The Out of Sync Child Has Fun is full of sensory activities that parents can carry out at home. Check out Carol's website for more information about her books and upcoming speaking engagements.

Tools for Tots by Diana Henry, MS, OTR/L, Maureen Kane-Wineland, PhD, OT/L & Susan Swindeman, OTR/L, BCP
As an occupational therapist working in early intervention, I often refer to this book and share it with parents. This book provides a brief overview of sensory processing disorder and checklists for parents. The book is then divided into a variety of topics, such as Sensitive Ears, Tippy Toe Tots, Busy Bees, Picky Eater Tidbits, Tooth Brush Tamers, Nail Nippers, and Tubby Time Tips, with a "sensory buffet" of activities for each topic. A great resource for anyone who works in early intervention or a preschool setting.
Check out Diana Henry's website for more information about her other books, as well as a schedule of her workshops. She is also a co-author of the Sensory Processing Measure, which I don't use, but probably should, based on what I've heard about it :)

What are your must-have sensory books?


  1. Hi Abby. A couple of my favourites are children's books by Jennifer Veenendall: Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears?: Dealing with sensory overload, and Arnie and His School Tools: Simple sensory solutions that build success.

  2. Hi Linda. Thanks for sharing! I've been wanting to get some children's books that help explain sensory issues to kids. I will definitely check those out!


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