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Making Sense of Your Senses

Making Sense of Your Senses
A Workbook for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder




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About the Book

Help Your Child Overcome Sensory Overload, One Activity at a Time

Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) or sensory processing challenges associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, or other developmental conditions experience the world very differently than other kids. They may react strongly to sounds, textures, and stimulation, finding even seemingly minor sensations intolerable. Other children with SPD hardly notice sensory stimulation at all, or have trouble with basic motor skills and coordination. If your child shows symptoms of this condition, you may wonder what you can do to help ease your child's SPD-related stress, panic, or other challenging behavior.

Making Sense of Your Senses is full of activities and skill-building exercises you can do with your child to help him or her balance sensory stimulation and practice self-calming techniques. Kids can use these techniques anytime they feel overwhelmed or have the urge to seek out intense sensory experiences. Before long, your child will be better able to tolerate everyday sensations and prevent stimulation overload—essential skills for living a happy, healthy, and comfortable life.


Christopher R. Auer, MA, is employed in the Mayor's Office for Education and Children as the disabilities and mental health administrator for Denver's Great Kids Head Start. He is a board member of the Foundation for Knowledge in Development (KID... Read more

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Michelle M. Auer (Author)
Michelle M. Auer, MS, OTR, is an occupational therapist for a school district in the Denver area. She also maintains a private practice providing hippotherapy for children.

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"This entertaining and practical workbook encourages children to follow their natural urge to explore and experiment in order to discover how they experience their world through their senses and to master the feelings that result. As parents work on the exercises with their children, they will find that they understand their children in new ways and perhaps themselves better, as well. In our too-loud, too-bright, too-hurried world, understanding our sensory responses and learning to protect ourselves from overstimulation are important skills for children with special sensory processing challenges, and for the rest of us too."
Joshua Sparrow, MD, Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital Boston

"The Auers have used their expertise in helping special needs kids to bring us a truly useful work brimming with practical exercises and worksheets that teachers, parents, and especially children can use immediately to better their lives. I can think of few people who work with children in any capacity who couldn't use this book."
Jeff Stimpson, author of Alex: The Fathering of a Preemie and Alex the Boy: Episodes From A Family’s Life With Autism

"‘Sensations That Drive You Nuts!’ is a sample of the simple language used in this workbook to help children, their families, and teachers understand sensory processing disorder (SPD). Encouraging children to draw how they feel, recognizing that recess can help one do better in school, becoming a self advocate and helping others when they are in need are some of the many wonderful examples the authors provide."
Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, author of the Sensory Tools books and DVDs and coauthor of The Sensory Processing Measures

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