I can hardly believe it as I type those words on the keyboard… my book is finally done! Some of you may or may not have known that I’ve been cooking up a book, but it’s finally done and I had to share my excitement!
Sensory Processing 101 has been a labor of love for the past year and a half and I can’t even express how much gratitude and love I have for each of you that have supported the making of this book along the way!
The Story Behind the Book
I won’t go into too much detail, because you can read more about it in the book, but a little over a year ago I started this blog. I never knew where it would take me and I certainly never thought it would lead to me writing a book! As I began to tell my stories, beginning with my very first post, I realized I mentioned my son’s struggles with sensory processing. I struggled to explain his story, his needs and why he did the things he did (because I was still learning and still continue to learn daily).
That’s when I reached out to the team at The Inspired Treehouse, as they had started about the same time as I did. They are a team of pediatric therapists and I just knew we were going to hit it off! I tried to talk them into writing a guest post on my blog about Sensory Processing Disorder, however they were just getting started as well, and wanted to write about that on their own site. We went back to the drawing board and ultimately ended up with something so much more fantastic… a year-long series on Sensory Processing!
When the series was over, we were all left wondering what would be next for our trio. It only seemed natural to think … A BOOK! That was almost a year ago! When I tell you that we didn’t take the creation of this book lightly, I mean it! We wanted to create a resource that has never been done before, a resource that could be used by parents, teachers, and therapists. We wanted a book that would become a standard for explaining Sensory Processing for ALL children!!
We think we might have just done that, too!
A Little More About the Book
For the past year, I have been collaborating with the team from The Inspired Treehouse working tirelessly to create an easy-to-read guide to sensory processing that addresses the topic from the perspectives of a parent and educator and pediatric therapists.
If nothing else, I want the world to know these 5 things about sensory processing!
1. Sensory Processing Effects Everyone
2. Sensory Processing Involves More than 5 Senses
3. Sensory Processing Challenges Look Different in Every Child
4. Understanding Sensory Processing Makes Us Better Parents, Teachers, Caregivers, and Friends
5. Sensory Processing is not a Disorder (Don’t worry I plan to write more about this next week!)
You may have heard of Sensory Processing Disorder, but the truth is that understanding and supporting healthy sensory processing is an important part of promoting health in all children, not only those with diagnosed sensory needs.
Whether you are a parent, educator, caregiver, or therapist, this easy-to-read guide is your starting point to gain a better understanding of sensory processing and the body’s sensory systems.
This comprehensive, full-color book contains 3 books in 1:
-Sensory Processing Explained: An explanation of each sensory system from a therapist’s point of view and from the perspective of a parent and educator
-Sensory Activities: Step-by-step instructions for activities you can use in everyday play with kids at home or at school to support the development of each sensory system
-Sensory Resources: Resources related to sensory processing, including support groups for parents and caregivers of children who have sensory needs, cheat sheets with quick overviews of each sensory system, and more
We are also really excited about the color coded index by behavior, where you can pair any troubling sensory behavior with helpful resources in the book!
Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child, calls Sensory Processing 101 “a practical, reassuring, visually appealing, lovely book! Not just an excellent introductory ‘101’ course on SPD, this is also an ‘All-in-One’ resource book, with its engaging activities and reproducible review pages to slip in your pocket and share with others who care for children with sensory challenges.”
The book just got back from the printer and will be ready for you September 15th! We can’t wait to show you more!