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Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders in Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

by Matt Mielnick Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Everything we know about the world we live in starts with information we take in through the senses. This book explains the way our sensory system works and shows how small inefficiencies in this complex system can have a huge impact on a child's behaviour. Through easily relatable examples and metaphors, the book describes the variety of sensory processing differences that can occur in children in a jargon-free way and offers practical advice to help manage these differences.


It explains how children's varying sensory thresholds - the point where a behavioural response to a stimuli is generated - affects the way they view the world. Each section includes occupational therapy evaluations of children with a range of sensory thresholds, and shows how this influences their behaviour through professional observation reports, offering a summary and recommendation for each child. Presented with a clear focus, without long lists of syndromes and symptoms, this is the ideal starting point for parents and professionals working with children with sensory processing issues.


Acknowledgement; Preface; 1. An Introduction to the Sensory System; How it's Supposed to Work; The Sensory Continuum; A Note on Differences; 2. Sensory Thresholds; The High Threshold/ Poor Registration Child; The Under Responsive Child; The Sensory Seeker; Body Awareness; The Low Threshold/ Highly Responsive Child; The Sensory Sensitive Child; The Sensory Averse Child; A Sensory Indulgent Child: The Self-Regulation Piece; 3. A Cautionary Tale; Finally

The author is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in working with young children and in this book he aims to provide information that is easy for parents and professionals to understand, rather than an academic publication... Mielnik writes in a style that uses metaphors and images and some extended case studies to illustrate the evaluation process with specific children... A very useful introduction to this field.
Matt Mielnick is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in private practice with 20 years of experience working with young children, providing evaluation and treatment services, in New York and Massachusetts.