My Child’s Different (2018) Elaine Halligan

This book explores the enabling role that parents can play in getting the best out of children who are seen as different or difficult . An extremely helpful book for both parents and professionals to read.

Sleep: A guide for parents

Cerebra have produced a very informative guide to help parents understand sleep problems in children with intellectual disability and what can be done to improve sleep. It can be downloaded as a PDF.

Living Sensationally (2009) Winnie Dunn

A book written for adults to help  understand how your individual sensory patterns and how this affect you in every day life.  Very easy to read, and really helps to understand how we are all sensory processors.

No Longer A Secret (2012) Doriet Bialer and Lucy Miller

This book is a sequel to Sensational Kids and uses the same language in terms of describing sensory processing difficulties and setting up strategies.  It aims to ‘teach low cost effective, functional, on the spot tips to use with children with sensory issues at home, at school, or in the community setting’.

My Sensory Book (2008) Lauren Kerstein

A ‘fun, interactive workbook to help children identify their own sensory profiles and develop a personal toolbox of strategies’.  This book fills a gap in the market in terms of books on sensory processing. It is written in a workbook style and can be used by parents, children and professionals. It includes clear descriptions of […]

The Baby Sense Secret (2011) Megan Faure

This is an excellent, really sensible book for parents of newborn babies. It is also very helpful for professionals working with babies and young children in terms of understanding sensory needs and development.

Sensory Deprivation

Watch here Sensory deprivation has effects not only on our behaviours but also on our cognitive functioning.  Watch these clips from the BBC Horizon programme to see what happens to individuals when place in a sensory deprived environment for 48 hours.

The Brain with David Eagleman

Watch here BBC documentary series in which Dr David Eagleman explores the brain.  This first episode looks specifically at the senses and how we interpret sensory information.

Sensory Lifestyle

This blog written by an occupational therapist is primarily aimed at parents of babies and young children.  It contains  some useful ideas for sensory activities and also some interesting articles on sensory processing and sensory development.


American website raising awareness about early detection and early intervention for children with physical movement problems. It contains useful leaflets which can be downloaded and printed on sensory processing disorder, developmental checklists and tummy time.

Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration (2002) Ellen Yack, Shirley Sutton and Paula Aquilla

Very useful practical guide for parents and professional focusing on children diagnosed with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders. It clearly explains the sensory systems and how to identify problems with sensory processing. There are checklists to identify concerns and it is full of practical suggestions for activities for specific difficulties.

Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Website by the authors of the book ‘Raising a Sensory Smart Child’ has some useful checklists, tips and activity sheets

The Sensory Processing Resource Disorder Centre

Extensive website written by an American occupational therapist who is also a parent of a child with SPD. Full of information, resources, tips, strategies for parents and professionals.

The Sensory Team Handbook (2009) Nancy Mucklow

This book is an excellent resource explaining sensory processing problems to older children and teenagers. The handbook compares the senses to a sports team in need of a coach and then shows the reader how to become that coach. Information is given about the senses in a fun and easy to understand way. There are […]

Just Take A Bite (2004) Lori Ernsperger and Tania Stegen-Hanson

This book is an excellent resource for parents with children with eating challenges. It provides a practical guide to understanding the many issues that can affect children who struggle with limited food choices. There are activities and intervention strategies.

Sensory Balance (2006) Erna Blanche

This book is a quick reference guide for parents and professionals (only 32 pages). It provides five sensory portraits of the different types of sensory processing disorders for example ‘Three Thumbs Henry’ and ‘Turbulent Tom’.

Sensational Kids (2006) Lucy Jane Miller

New guide for parents of children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Very useful up-to-date book for teachers and health care professionals written by an expert in the field.

Early Intervention Games (2009) Barbara Sher

A book of fun games that can be played at home or school to develop social and motor skills. The games are designed for children with autism or sensory processing disorders. It is also a great resource for those working in Early Years.

The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun (2003) Carol Stock Kranowitz

This book features more than one hundred fun, sensory motor activities that help develop sensory processing skills and motor coordination skills. It is full of simple ideas that don’t need expensive pieces of equipment. Makes a great companion book to ‘The Out-of-Sync Child’. Ideal for parents, teachers and therapists. It is one of those ‘must-have’ […]

The Out-Of-Sync Child (2005) Carol Stock Kranowitz

Informative and clearly written book which is ideal for parents and teachers. This book is probably one of the best books to buy on sensory integration if you are new to this area.