The Sensory Spectrum

For SPD Kiddos and Their Parents


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Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers

Book: Understanding Your Child‘s Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers

Amazon Description: A practical, daily application handbook for parents, teachers, and caregivers to help understand sensory signals versus behavior and how you can help! This user friendly “go to” handbook is geared for daily use and as a quick sensory reference guide. Enjoy the simple, organized format to give you the essential and useful information for over 110 sensory signals. The handbook provides simple every day sensory strategies and techniques to help ALL children; including SPD, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, APD, and developmental disabilities. This handbook provides guidance and understanding as to why children do what they do in regards to unique sensory processing differences and needs. Continue reading

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Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

Book: Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

Amazon Description: Newly revised to reflect current legislation and research-based strategies, this best-selling guide shows how to adapt teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessment to create a fully inclusive classroom. Continue reading


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The New Social Story Book: Over 150 Social Stories

Book: The New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Social Stories that Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and their Peers

Amazon Description: Social Stories provide REAL social understanding! Carol Gray developed the Social Story in 1991 to promote social understanding in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Now, nearly twenty years after their inception, Social Stories have become a standard approach for teachers and parents all over the globe, and the stories are more effective than ever! Continue reading


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8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker

So many people ask questions about how to manage IEP meetings in the United States. Here are some tips from a leader in the industry. Also, be sure to check out his books (links to follow).

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I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No!

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61qQz7oYhKL.jpgBook: I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be)

Amazon Description: NO is RJ s least favorite word . . . and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn No into Maybe or We ll see or Later or I ll think about it. Even though he doesn t have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests that he try to join her classroom s Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept No for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents, he can add his name to the club s Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise and some rewards come his way when he uses these skills the right way!

Author Julia Cook helps K-6 readers laugh and learn along with RJ as he understands the benefits of demonstrating these social skills both at home and in school. Tips for parents and educators on how to teach and encourage kids to use the skills of accepting No for an answer and disagreeing appropriately are included in the book.

I Just Don t Like the Sound of NO! is another title in the BEST ME I Can Be! series of books from the Boys Town Press to teach children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful.

This book is also available with an accompanying CD audio book, read by the author. Winner of the 2011 MOM’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence and the National Parenting Center’s ‘Seal of Approval.’

For the book, click here.

If you would like to purchase this book, please use the link provided. The cost is the same to you, but The Sensory Spectrum gets a small percentage to allow me to continue offering information about SPD for free. Thanks for your ongoing support!


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Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors

Book: Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors: Implementing Data Driven Strategies!

Amazon Description: Rebecca Moyes, a teacher, author, renowned lecturer, and mother of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, helps walk any regular education or special education teacher through the process of setting up a sensory-friendly classroom in this easy to use book.

This is currently the only book that discusses the importance of data-driven strategies, and then helps teachers implement them!  Sensory integration disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child.  Rebecca is able to take the data  and work out how to make any student’s, (and teacher’s!), life easier.

For the book, click here.

If you would like to purchase this book, please use the link provided. The cost is the same to you, but The Sensory Spectrum gets a small percentage to allow me to continue offering information about SPD for free. Thanks for your ongoing support!


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A Teacher’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder

Book: A Teacher’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder

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Research shows that 20% of all school-age children in the U.S. have problems with sensory integration. However, teachers are given little or no training in how to work with these high needs kids. Finally, here’s a commuter-friendly way to help teachers and other school professionals reach these kids and help them succeed in the classroom. Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of the best selling booksThe Out of Sync Child and The Goodenoughs Get in Sync, interviews expert occupational therapist Stacey Szklut about how to teach children with sensory integration problems. This audio CD set includes narration by public health physician Dr. David Silver.

An audio companion to the book Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration, Carol Kranowitz interviews expert occupational therapist Stacey Szklut and they discuss how to teach children with sensory integration problems.  It is like eavesdropping on two experts sharing sensory secrets!  Finally, here is help for teachers and other school professionals who are trying to reach kids with sensory problems and help them succeed in the classroom, and in life.

Discussion topics include:

  • Understanding why challenges in sensory integration affect learning
  • Learning how to become a good detective of SI dysfunction in the classroom
  • Gaining insight into how sensory integration dysfunction can look like ADD, ADHD or learning disabilities
  • Learning methods for creating effective collaborations between home and school
  • Materials appropriate for preschool through high school teachers and school professionals

For the book, click here.

If you would like to purchase this book, please use the link provided. The cost is the same to you, but The Sensory Spectrum gets a small percentage to allow me to continue offering information about SPD for free. Thanks for your ongoing support!


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Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

Book: Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

Amazon Description: A guide to quick and effective writing of accurate and measurable IEP goals and objectives. IEPs are necessary, required by law and when done properly can be extremely helpful in guiding the student’s educational trajectory. This book, written by two of the foremost special educators and IEP legal experts is designed to bring you up to speed whether you’re just entering the field or have worked in it for years.

For the book, click here.

If you would like to purchase this book, please use the link provided. The cost is the same to you, but The Sensory Spectrum gets a small percentage to allow me to continue offering information about SPD for free. Thanks for your ongoing support!


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Signs of Dyslexia Start Before Reading, Study Finds

As I learn more about Dyslexia, I’ve often wondered if this disorder is connected to Sensory Processing Disorder. My son just entered kindergarten, so will this be a problem for him. A recent study did find that Dyslexia has less to do with language/speech and more about how the brain processes the symbols and input it receives. (Sounding a bit familiar?)

Signs of Dyslexia Start Before Reading, Study Finds


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Helping SPD Children in the Classroom

“Weighted vests, a stuffed animal, or something heavy in their laps may be comforting and calming to these children. Try it.” — Michelle Morris

Helping SPD Children in the Classroom

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