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Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years by Britt Collins and Jackie Linder Olson
Raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is challenging. Even though we’ve come a long way since my daughter started therapy, we still struggle with sensory issues and have periods of time when she regresses, and it all comes flooding back—all the drama and difficulty of dysregulation. Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years by Britt Collins, MS, OTR and Jackie Linder Olson addresses many different issues faced by parents of children with SPD. In under 300 pages, they cover almost everything I have had questions about or wondered—and more.
Throughout the book, there are checklists to help you decide what you need to discuss with your child’s doctors: SPD, autism, ADHD, a combination, or something else entirely. Each chapter is full of practical advice and tips for handling different situations, from holidays to social relationships and developmental milestones to needs at school, home and in the world. I especially enjoyed the “Mom Tips” located throughout the book and the Q&A sidebars with experts. Even the appendix is full of helpful information on everything from sensory-friendly meals and special diets to pets and coexisting conditions.
This book is easy to read from front to back, but you can easily use it as a reference book too. The table of contents describes the topic of each chapter well, and within each chapter, there are lots of sections and subheadings that make it easy to find the information you’re looking for. Because it’s so well-organized and broken down into many smaller sections, it’s a fast read, and the authors do a good job of explaining everything in easy-to-understand language.
Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years is a resource that will be valuable to me for years to come. If your child is younger, the authors have also written Sensory Parenting: From Newborns to Toddlers. Both are available from Sensory World. (Use the code JJANES for a discount!)
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