by Christopher R. Auer M.A., Michelle M. Auer MS, OTR
Making Sense of Your Senses is full of activities and skill-building exercises you can do with your child to help him or her balance sensory stimulation and practice self-calming techniques.
Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) or sensory processing challenges associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, or other developmental conditions experience the world very differently than other kids. They may react strongly to sounds, textures, and stimulation, finding even seemingly minor sensations intolerable. Other children with SPD hardly notice sensory stimulation at all, or have trouble with basic motor skills and coordination. If your child shows symptoms of this condition, you may wonder what you can do to help ease your child's SPD-related stress, panic, or other challenging behavior.
Making Sense of Your Senses is full of activities and skill-building exercises you can do with your child to help him or her balance sensory stimulation and practice self-calming techniques. Kids can use these techniques anytime they feel overwhelmed or have the urge to seek out intense sensory experiences. Before long, your child will be better able to tolerate everyday sensations and prevent stimulation overload-essential skills for living a happy, healthy, and comfortable life.
144 pgs / 8" x 10"
- A Note to Kids
- A Note to Parents
- Activity 1 Your Favorite Things
- Activity 2 Understanding Your Feelings
- Activity 3 Your Senses Help You Make Choices
- Activity 4 Tasting and Touching
- Activity 5 Smelling
- Activity 6 Being a Noise Detective
- Activity 7 Seeing Is Believing
- Activity 8 Sensations That Drive You Nuts!
- Activity 9 Your Senses Need to Work Together
- Activity 10 Sensations That You Love!
- Activity 11 The Athlete in You
- Activity 12 Being Aware of Your Body
- Activity 13 Being a Sensory Detective
- Activity 14 Coordination and Balance
- Activity 15 Staying Alert
- Activity 16 When You’re in Tough Spots
- Activity 17 Creating a Journal
- Activity 18 Relaxing After School
- Activity 19 Creating a Calm-Down Space
- Activity 20 Getting Ready for Bed
- Activity 21 Getting Ready for School
- Activity 22 Making Homework Pleasing to Your Senses
- Activity 23 Making Mealtimes Easier
- Activity 24 Haircuts Can Be Great!
- Activity 25 Keeping Yourself Clean
- Activity 26 When Brothers or Sisters Drive You Crazy
- Activity 27 Taking Care of Your Senses in the Classroom
- Activity 28 Playing Can Help
- Activity 29 Help for Handwriting
- Activity 30 Working at Your Desk
- Activity 31 Keeping Organized
- Activity 32 Identifying Your Strengths
- Activity 33 Getting Support at School
- Activity 34 Making Friends
- Activity 35 Finding People to Help You
- Activity 36 When You’ve Done Something You’re Sorry For
- Activity 37 Staying Safe from Bullies
- Activity 38 Helping Other Kids
- Activity 39 Setting Goals for the Future
- Activity 40 Celebrate!
Introduction and Activity 1