If you are like most parents with a newly diagnosed child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) you will want to arm yourself with an arsenal of information. The following books are tried and true recommendations from Occupational Therapists (OTs) and parents alike. Without further ado, here is my list of top 4 books on sensory processing disorder.
“The Out-of-Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz
My first pick is a classic that stands as a beacon of understanding. “The Out-of-Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz uses real-life stories and practical advice. You will recognize many things your child does and gather information on why.
Example: Picture your child as a unique puzzle piece. Kranowitz provides the key to fitting it into the larger picture. After reading this book you will feel like you have a good working knowledge of SPD. This is a great place to start your journey.
“Raising a Sensory Smart Child” by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske
Moving on to a book that combines wisdom with a touch of humor, “Raising a Sensory Smart Child” by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske is your guide to comprehending sensory issues while enjoying relatable anecdotes.
Example: Biel and Peske form a dynamic duo. Biel is an OT expert on sensory processing disorder. Peske is a passionate parent-turned-advocate extraordinaire that joined together on a mission to educate parents. They walk you through the delightful, sometimes unpredictable journey of raising a sensory smart child. Get ready for a journey full of insights and laughs!
“Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight” by Sharon Heller
My next recommendation is Sharon Heller’s “Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight,”. This is a well done book all about sensory sensitivity. This gives fascinating insight into what life is like when you are hypersensitive. Have a sensory avoider (or maybe you are one yourself)? This book is for you!
Example: Heller’s book is like a captivating story, unraveling the mysteries of sensitivity and guiding you through the highs and lows of sensory experiences. It’s an eye-opening exploration.
Now we need to include my favorite book for parents with a sensory seeker!
“The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun” by Carol Kranowitz
Lastly, for our sensory seeker friends, let’s add another book by Kranowitz. “The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun” is a practical guide filled with activities tailored for sensory seekers. It’s a treasure trove of ideas to engage and satisfy their sensory cravings.
Example: Imagine turning playtime into a sensory adventure! Kranowitz’s book is like a playbook filled with fun activities, offering a roadmap for parents and caregivers of sensory seekers. Want some more sensory activity ideas? Check out Sensory Sid’s Activity Cards!
And there you have it, my top four books on sensory processing disorder that serve as insightful companions on the journey into understanding and supporting individuals with SPD. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, teacher or simply curious about SPD, these books offer valuable perspectives, practical knowledge, and engaging activities.
So, grab your reading material, settle into a comfortable spot, and let the exploration of sensory insights begin. After all, the more we learn, the better equipped we are to navigate the diverse and fascinating world of sensory processing disorder. Happy reading!