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Four must-have Sensory Processing Disorder books

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With the help of experts like occupational therapists and pediatric neurologists, parents and caregivers can begin to understand the sometimes puzzling spectrum of Sensory Processing Disorder. These four books give parents and teachers insight into kids with SPD and offer solutions for therapies and games to try at home.

Whether your child has recently been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder or you're interested in learning more about SPD and its symptoms, these four books will help you understand the intricacies of this unique disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder can exist on its own or in conjunction with other childhood developmental and behavioral disorders. Learn how kids with SPD interact with the world, and how you can help make things smoother for your child and your family.

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The Out-of-Sync Child

Author Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., has worked with preschoolers for over 25 years. Her experiences with preschool kids helped her identify children who had unique difficulties. With the help of an occupational therapist, she began identifying children with Sensory Processing Disorder and guiding their therapies. The Out-of-Sync Child is an excellent starting off point for parents and teachers who are new to SPD. With patient, easy to read descriptions and detailed case studies, you'll find yourself nodding along and understanding that you're not alone in seeing your child struggle.

Sensational Kids

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder shares the experiences and research of Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, a pioneer in the world of SPD. She breaks down Sensory Processing Disorder into four major subtypes that allow parents and therapists to best approach strategies for helping kids cope. While rich with information and research, Sensational Kids makes for an easy read, with affectionate stories of children and families touched by SPD. Consider gifting this book to family members who struggle to understand Sensory Processing Disorder.

Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Sensory Processing Disorder affects a child's everyday life and often affects the entire family. Raising a Sensory Smart Child gives parents and teachers everyday solutions and therapy tools. This is a must-have book once you've wrapped your head around what SPD is and you're ready to tackle therapies and routine changes at home. Written by an SPD parent and a pediatric occupational therapist, it offers proven methods for helping kids with sensory integration. Even if your child hasn't been given a formal diagnosis, this book can help you work through quirky behaviors and sensitivities.

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Kids in the Syndrome Mix

While not exclusively focused on Sensory Processing Disorder, this book is one of the best resources available for parents of children with multiple diagnoses and children who are difficult to diagnose. Because SPD is present alongside so many other disorders, much of the information in this book can help with therapies and understanding. Written by a pediatric neurologist, Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar and More! has the unique perspective of a medical professional with experience with a variety of childhood developmental and behavioral disorders.

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