The Best Books on Sensory Disorders for Parents

Many parents seek out sensory books for special needs children. In addition, many parents look for sensory books for autism.  Furthermore, many parents wonder if their child is a ‘sensory kid.’ They look for books on sensory disorders.

While there is a link between autism and sensory, many children simply have a sensory disorder.

There are books that help parents learn about solutions when sensory is a challenge for their child.

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Infographic highlighting 8 book recommendations for parents on sensory disorders.

The Explosive Child.

Emotional regulation is also a common problem for children with sensory disorders.  This book explores the topic of children whose emotions seem to explode.

Raising a Sensory Smart Child.

This book is co-written by an occupational therapist. It shares very practical sensory information and tips for parents.

The Sensory Sensitive Child.

This book is another great go-to resource for parents. In particular, for children whose emotional responses seem to be more sensitive.  This book is written by a psychologist.

Sensational Kids.

Written by an amazing, experienced occupational therapist.  This book explores the different types of sensory disorders.

Building Bridges through Sensory Integration.

This book is written by a trio of occupational therapists. On the other hand, it is helpful to both therapists and parents alike.

Sensory Integration and the Child.

This book is written for occupational therapists.  However, it is also good for parents too. Furthermore, the latest update is more parent-friendly.  As a result, it is for people who want to understand sensory integration in children.

Love Jean, Inspiration for Families Living with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration.

A. Jean Ayres was a pioneering occupational therapist. She developed the theory of sensory integration.  This short book captures a series of letters. She wrote the letters to her nephew. He struggled with learning.  Therefore, she wrote these letters to help support him. Moreover, the book provides additional insights into sensory integration.  Finally, it is simply a nice introduction to the topic of sensory integration.

The Sensory Team Handbook.

This a fantastic book for older children and teens. Because the learn about their sensory-motor systems.  Likewise, it is very helpful for their parents too.

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Educator Carol Stock Kranowitz has written a series of books.

Each of her books is very helpful.  She uses and expands on the term “out of sync.”  Additionally, she helps answer the common question parents ask, “what is a sensory issue?”

The Out of Sync Child.

This is a good first book to read.  It explains sensory processing in plain and simple language.

The Out of Sync Child Has Fun.

A book that is full of activities for children with sensory disorders. A favorite among parents, teachers and therapists alike.

The Goodenoughs Get in Sync.

Parents often wonder, “how do you explain sensory processing disorder to a child?” Well, here’s help with this particular book!  It is designed for pre-teens. With this book they learn about sensory processing disorders.  On the other hand, it is helpful for parents to read too.  Finally, it is great for parents to read to their younger children too.

101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces.

This book contains fantastic ideas for things to do. What is more, it truly gives parents easy, helpful things to do with their ‘sensory’ kids!

Answers To Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration.

Although this book is written for teachers, parents often have the same questions as teachers. It answers the most common questions about sensory integration.

Books on sensory processing disorder in adults.

The Out of Sync Child Grows Up.

Another book by Carol Stock Kranowitz. However, this one is for adults or youth.  This book is great for teens and adults, alike. It explains the sensory-motor system, sensory processing and sensory differences.

Sensory books.

Finally, parents are often confused by seeing “sensory books” in their searches.  What is a sensory book?  It is a book for infants or toddlers. In contrast, it often has different materials embedded on the page. Like something soft. Alternatively, something rough. That is for the infant or toddler to touch and feel. These books are not about sensory processing disorders.  Sensory books in this example are about exploring the senses through their hands for very young children. Additionally, research, “The Effect of Sensory Stories on Targeted Behaviors in Preschool Children with Autism” by Marr et al., (2007) found that sensory stories have helped to minimize challenging behaviours in children with autism 1

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  1. Marr, D., Mika, H., Miraglia, J., Roerig, M., & Sinnott, R. (2007). The Effect of Sensory Stories on Targeted Behaviors in Preschool Children with Autism. Physical &Amp; Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 27(1), 63–79.
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