Sensory Resources

Newsletter February 2015.

At the start of a new year, I thought it would be good to look at some resources that I have come across in the few months. Please let me know if you find resources that are useful and I will then post them on subsequent newsletters.

A Stitch Different

astitchdifferentA Stitch Different are a community interest company who make tailor-made sensory products. They create bespoke and personalised weighted blankets, vests and sensory toys for a fraction of the cost found in the special needs catalogues. I came across this group whilst providing a training day on sensory processing for the National Autistic Society Furness Branch. The products are bespoke and made to order.


The Baby Sense Secret

babysenseThe Babysense Secret by Megan Faure (2011) ‘reveals the key to your baby’s contentment and sleep, through an understanding of his sensory world and signals’.

This is an excellent, really sensible book to give to 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.


My Sensory Book

sensorybookMy Sensory Book by Lauren Kerstein (2008) is 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 sensory difficulties and worksheets/activities to help children understand their reactions and put strategies in place.


No Longer A Secret

nolongerasecretNo Longer A Secret by Doriet Bialer and Lucy Miller (2012) is a book aimed to ‘teach low cost efffective, functional, on the spot tips to use with children with sensory issues at home, at school, or in the community setting’.

This book is a sequel to Sensational Kids and uses the same language in terms of describing sensory processing difficulties and setting up strategies.


Mama OT Blog

mamaOT_000This website is packed with great ideas in terms of games, toys and resources. It is the type of website that you definitely want to bookmark and keep returning back to again and again. Great for all ages from birth upwards.


 Proprioception

proprioceptionA useful YouTube clip explaining the importance of the proprioceptive system. A must for all classroom teachers to watch in terms of explaining some typical proprioceptive seeking behaviours.


Where can I get more information?

Courses

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory Course 1)

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These people may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, sights and sounds.

The aim of this one day course is to provide teachers and health professionals with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties the children experience at school and at home. Practical support strategies will be explored from both an educational and therapy perspective.

There are two reduced price places for parents on each course.

Sensory Processing and Autism

Tuesday 19 May 2015

The aim of this one day course is to provide professionals working with individuals with autism, a more in depth understanding of sensory processing difficulties as related specifically to autism, and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience in different settings. Practical support strategies will be explored from both an educational and therapy perspective.

There are two reduced price places for parents on each course.

Please read the Disclaimer and be aware that the information in this newsletter is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.