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This is our first book review. From time to time we come across books that are interesting, thought-provoking, and just fun to read.
Now that most children are heading back to school, they are hopefully learning new things and making new friends. Children tend to be very open and accepting of their peers and might not notice any differences in their friends with sensory processing disorder. If they do notice any differences and want to know more, today’s book will help explain many aspects of sensory processing disorder.
I was introduced to “This is Gabriel making sense of school: a book about sensory processing disorder” while visiting my local library. This book is by Hartley Steiner. She is an author (obviously) and a mother of 3 boys. You can read more about her on her blog here. The book is about 20 pages long with beautiful and colorful illustrations by Brandon Fall. It starts off by introducing the main character Gabriel and our EIGHT (not five) senses. The eight senses are sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, vestibular, proprioception, and interoception.
Gabriel explains what each sense is, what the challenges are for him, and techniques to help him cope and improve the situation. At the end of the book there suggestions for sensory breaks such as: creating a quiet space, allowing the child to stand up or sit on a ball, using a weighted lap pad, or using pencil grips.
The eight senses are sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, vestibular, proprioception, and interoception.
This books is a great starting point for people just learning about SPD. The book is written in a way that even young children can understand how to help themselves and their friends.
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