The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book

ISBN: 9781402211232

By: Tara Delaney

Published: 07/01/2008

Written by a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in Sensory Processing Disorder and who also deals with the disorder as a parent, The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book includes 250 questions and answers covering many topics.

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Is there medication for sensory processing disorder? How can occupational therapy help? What advice can I give my child's teacher? Can you "outgrow" sensory processing disorder? How can we make social situations less of an ordeal? What are some therapeutic activities I can do with my child?

It is estimated that more than 10 percent of children deal with some form of sensory processing disorder (SPD), a neurological disorder characterized by the misinterpretation of everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. For many children, SPD can lead to academic struggles, behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and other issues. The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book is a reassuring, authoritative reference, providing sound advice and immediate answers to your most pressing questions about SPD, such as:

  • What is sensory processing?
  • Does SPD affect social skills?
  • Can you see sensory processing difficulties in an infant?
  • What is Sensory Integration Therapy?
  • Is SPD a sign of autism?
  • Are there tests for SPD?
  • How do I get a prescription for occupational therapy?
  • How do I teach my child to understand his sensory needs?

Written in an easy-to-read question and answer format, The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book helps you fully understand SPD, conquer your fears, and seek help for your child when necessary.

About the Author

Tara Delaney M.S., OTR/L

Tara Delaney MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of BabySteps, a pediatric therapy and educational services company. She conducts seminars internationally on sensory processing issues through the Making Sense-ory™ series.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Chapter 2: Understanding Sensory Integration
Chapter 3: Recognizing SPD
Chapter 4: Other Signs and Symptoms
Chapter 5: Getting a Diagnosis
Chapter 6: Treatment
Chapter 7: Your Child at Home
Chapter 8: Sensory Integration Strategies
Chapter 9: School-Based Therapy
Chapter 10: Strategies for School Success
Chapter 11: Social Situations
Chapter 12: Touchy Topics
Chapter 13: The Adult Years
Chapter 14: SPD and Other Disorders
Chapter 15: Special Populations
Chapter 16: Therapeutic Activities
Chapter 17: Resources
Appendix A: Sample Sensory Diet
Appendix B: Behavior Flowchart
About the Author


Excerpt from Chapter One: What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Q. What is sensory processing?
A. Sensory processing or sensory integration refers to the nervous system’s job of taking in a...

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Format: Paperback

Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 12.08 oz
Page Count: 240 pages


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