The Best Books on Sensory Disorders for Parents

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Many parents seek out sensory books for special needs children.  Parents are sometimes looking for sensory books for autism.  And then there are many parents wondering if their child is a ‘sensory kid.”  They are just looking to understand that concept on its own.

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

There are many books that can help parents understand and learn daily life solutions when sensory is a challenge.

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Recommended books 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.

Co-written by an occupational therapist, this book 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 one is written by a psychologist.

Sensational Kids.

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

Building Bridges through Sensory Integration.

Written by a trio of occupational therapists, it is helpful to both therapist and parent alike.

Sensory Integration and the Child.

This book is written more for occupational therapists.  However, it is also good for parents as its latest update is more parent-friendly.  It is for those who want to understand about sensory integration in-depth.

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 to her nephew.  He struggled with learning.  She wrote to support him.  It provides additional insights into sensory integration.  It is a nice introduction to the topic.

The Sensory Team Handbook.

It is fantastic for older children and teens to read and understand their sensory-motor systems.  Likewise, it is very helpful for their parents too.

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A popular series of sensory books for parents

Educator Carol Stock Kranowitz has written a series of books.

They are all very helpful.  She uses and expands on the term “out of sync.”  She helps answer the common question parents ask, “what is a sensory issue?”

The Out of Sync Child.

A good first book to read.  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.

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 to learn about sensory processing disorders.  But it is also helpful for parents to read themselves.  Furthermore, it is great for parents to read to their children too.

101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces.

Fantastic ideas for things to do. It truly gives parents 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 about all things sensory.

Books on sensory processing disorder in adults

The Out of Sync Child Grows Up.

Another book by Carol Stock Kranowitz but for adults or youth.  Great for teens, adults to explain the sensory-motor system and sensory processing along with sensory challenges.

Sensory books.

Finally, parents are sometimes confused by seeing “sensory books” in their searches.  What is a sensory book?  It is a book for infants or toddlers,  It often has different materials embedded for the infant or toddler to touch and feel.  And, it isn’t about sensory processing disorders.  Sensory books like these are about exploring the senses for very young children.

Happy reading!

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