The best books on sensory processing differences

The Books I Picked & Why

Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens

By Lindsey Biel

Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens

Why this book?

Lindsey Biel's second book (less well known than her remarkable Raising a Sensory Smart Child) furthers her mission to explain sensory processing differences to occupational therapists, parents, and teachers. Her case studies are illuminating, as she describes her clients flourishing with individualized treatment. I love her positive approach, such as her Sensory Challenge Questionnaire that asks the child or young adult what sensory experiences are enjoyable, not just challenging. Her sensory strategies to use in the clinic, home, and school are the best!


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Sensory Integration and the Child

By A. Jean Ayres

Sensory Integration and the Child

Why this book?

Dr. Ayres formulated the theory of sensory integration and processing in the mid-20th century and published Sensory Integration and the Child in 1972. Preserving her core content, this updated version includes checklists, photographs, illustrations, tips for parents, and cases, to make her brilliant insights and practical solutions more accessible to families today.


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No Longer a Secret: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges

By Lucy Jane Miller, Lisa M. Porter, Doreit S. Bialer

No Longer a Secret: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges

Why this book?

This lovely book explains how to help children with sensory and regulation issues participate in daily life at home, at school, or out-and-about. "A SECRET" approach engages children through its seven components: Attunement, Sensation, Emotional regulation, Culture, Relationship, Environment, and Task. Parents, teachers, and therapists will appreciate these common-sense, on-the-spot, low-cost, problem-solving techniques. Using A SECRET brings hope and help, as you and your kids learn to enjoy being together and having fun!


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Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

By Kelly Mahler

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Why this book?

We have more than five senses. The sixth, seventh and eighth are the vestibular sense, the proprioceptive sense, and the interoceptive sense. Interoception allows us to sense our internal organs and experience "gut" feelings including hunger, satiety, thirst, itch, pain, temperature, nausea, the need to urinate and defecate, and sexual arousal. This book provides practical solutions for improving self-regulation, self-awareness and social understanding.


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The Sensory Room Kids Get In Sync

By Abigail Grace Kroneberger

The Sensory Room Kids Get In Sync

Why this book?

Kids who are out of sync because of sensory processing differences will enjoy this charming book written and illustrated by a third-grader. Abigail describes her classmates having a FIDDLE response to various sensations. (FIDDLE stands for Frequency, Intensity, Duration, Degree, Loneliness, and Exhaustion, as defined in my children’s book, The Goodenoughs Get In Sync). Abigail explains her friends' sensory challenges and suggests wise and easy solutions to help them get in sync.


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