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More and more children are being diagnosed as a “sensory child”. What does this mean> A “sensory child” is a broad term that can describe the following: Sensory Processing Disorder, AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, OCD and Bipolar Disorder. Each of these diagnoses challenge the child’s day to day life. Because of their diagnosis, a “sensory child” needs structure, routines and extra help to make connections that non-sensory children do in different ways. A “sensory child” has their strengths and weaknesses just like anyone else, but to reach the full potential of their strengths, they need various things to help in the day to day life. Sadly, many “sensory kids” will not be eligible for special services and in over-crowded classrooms could be overlooked. This is where Carolyn Dalgliesh comes in!
Carolyn is not just writing this book- she also has a sensory child. Some of the tips and techniques are approaches she has used as well. While reading Carolyn’s book, I found myself nodding in several places and thinking that this book should be read by many. Carolyn tackles topics in The Sensory Child Gets Organized such as picking out clothes, daily schedules and ways to help with homework. She suggest ways to help with those situations by organizing and scheduling but still allowing the “sensory child” freedom of choice.
Another thing is schedules! There should be a master schedule where the “sensory child” can look, see what the plan for the day is (chores, homework, social outings) and begin the plan. Carolyn mentions holidays and summer break that some downtime is needed, but a schedule of some sorts should still be in place- as sensory kids thrive when routines and expectations are in place.
There are tips for handling birthday parties- role-play the experience before, bring a separate car if possible for if the sensory child is ready to leave before others. With each scenario, expected and desired behavior is modeled, but the child also knows that when they are tired or feel a meltdown approaching- there are other ways to handle it and that it’s ok to leave a party early.
Organization is key- Carolyn gives tips for how to organize the medical binder for the sensory child, their medicine, and their therapy binder. With each section organized, a person can procedures and medicines that are working (or what is not.) There are also tips for how to be an advocate at school (which is very important for your child to get the best education possible).
Lastly, Carolyn speaks of taking time for yourself. Raising a “sensory child” is hard work so she advises to find activities you enjoy and take breaks. Form a support system. You and your child will benefit.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Fascinating, so interesting to read about the tips and plans to help make a “sensory child’s” life the best possible life it can be. The book is easy to follow with simple guidelines. A must read for parents or educators.
*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.