Useful Links & Resources for Parents
Web sites and resources with information for parents with children with developmental and neurological conditions.
101 Things For Kids To Do Outside (2014) Dawn Isaac
This book is packed full of great ideas to get children outside and active and would be great for home and school.
A Boy Made of Blocks (2016) Keith Stuart
A great read and also insight into family life with a child with autism. Written from the author’s own experience with his son. If you liked ‘The Rosie Project’ then this is written in a similar vein. The Richard and Judy Book Club 2017 Bestseller.
ADDISS, The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
UK website providing information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. A range of fact sheets, expert articles and general information is available.
And Next Comes L
A blog containing loads of sensory resources, educational activities and crafts for kids, and autism resources. Look at the sensory activity jar , great idea to help with aiding regulation at school and at home, and sensory hacks.
Younger children will enjoy these animal action cards, free printable download.
Animal Exercises for Kids
You Tube exercise video particularly suitable and fun for younger children.
Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration (2001) Jane Koomar, Carol Kranowitz, Stacey Szklut and others
Extensive forms, checklists and practical tools for teachers and parents who have children with sensory processing problems.
Attachment NICE Guidelines
NICE guidelines on attachment were issued in November 2015 from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) particularly related to adopted children and those in care.
A quarterly magazine designed to give impartial, fun, practical advice for parents of young children on the autism spectrum.
Autism and Sensory Integration
Interview with occupational therapist, Lorna Jean King, on autism and sensory integration.
Extensive American website full of information, resources, literature, interviews. Magazine to subscribe to with international delivery.
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.
Caged in Chaos (2005) Victoria Biggs
This book is written by a teenager with dyspraxia. Very informative for teenagers and all those who are involved with them.
This Canadian website has some very useful downloads and resources available for both teachers/professionals and parents.
Contact a Family
Contact a Family is the UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children – no matter what their disability or health condition. They also enable parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga adventures for children aged 3 +.
Developmental Coordination Disorder: Hints and Tips for Activities of Daily Living (2002) Morven Ball
This is a short book, written by an occupational therapist, giving helpful suggestions and strategies for home.
Down’s Syndrome Association
UK charity supporting parents and people with Down’s syndrome.
Dyslexia Action provides services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties in the UK. Specialises in assessment, teaching and training.
Dyspraxia: The Hidden Handicap (1999) Amanda Kirby
One of the most comprehensive and useful books on Dyspraxia. Written by a doctor and parent of a child with Dyspraxia. The book covers the age span from preschool to adulthood and has very useful information on strategies for home and school.
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.
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 (2017) Naoki Higashida
This is the sequel to ‘The Reason I Jump’. Naoki offers insight into his world now as a young adult. This book challenges commonly held beliefs and attitudes about individuals with autism and especially those who are non-verbal communicators. Essential reading for parents and anyone working with people with autism.
Amazing website with loads of free exercise/movement videos for different ages
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (2003) Dr March Weissbluth
House Rules (2010) Jodie Picoult
How to Understand and Support Children with Dyspraxia (2003) Lois Addy
Written by an occupational therapist specifically for teachers. It contains useful checklists, strategies and activities to support the child in school.
Website providing educational software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids and assistive technology for learners with special needs.
Inside I’m Hurting (2007) Louise Bomber
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.
Kids Activities Blog
Kids Dance and Fitness Workout
You Tube exercise video for slightly older children with more dance moves.
You Tube exercise video designed for older children who want a more serious fitness type workout.
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.
A free e-learning resource on children’s and young people’s mental health for professionals, volunteers and families. There are a range of level of learning opportunities on topics such as autism, attachment, behaviour, development to name a few.
Movement Break Ideas
This website has some good ideas of activities to put in your movement break jar.
Movement Matters is the UK umbrella organisation representing the major national groups concerned with children and adults with coordination difficulties.
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.
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 sensory difficulties and worksheets/activities to help children understand their reactions and put strategies in place.
National Autistic Society
Very useful website of the UK National Autistic Society. Resources, advice and support, local support groups. Membership to the society is available through the website.
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’.
No Time For Flashcards
This website has lots of great ideas for sensory and creative play. Loads of ideas of things to do at home plus plenty of activities that could be used within school. I found the ‘Browse By Age‘ section helpful and also the ‘Sensory Activities‘.
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.
Preschool Sensory Scan for Educators (2006) Carol Kranowitz
Checklists for teachers to identify preschool children who may have sensory processing disorder.
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
Raising a Sensory Smart Child (2005) Lindsay Biel and Nancy Peske
Informative book with plenty of practical strategies for parents.
Scooter Board Activities Fun Deck
This is a great resource to have in a school, therapy department or at home. It contains 54 fun scooter board activities.
Website for Scope, the disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is on people with cerebral palsy. Useful information, advice, downloads and fact sheets.
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.
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’.
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.
Sensory Diet Cards
A very useful resource from Super Duper Publications to help children to regulate themselves. It contains 55 activity cards under five sensory categories: vestibular; proprioception; oral-motor; tactile; visual, auditory and olfactory.
Sensory Integration and the Child (2005) 25th Anniversary Edition Jean Ayres
Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland
UK organisation committed to the promotion and development of sensory integration theory and practice.
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.
This list has loads of ideas of toys for sensory seekers. It is divided into different sensory systems and there is a free printable download.
The book contains 17 songs with sensory ideas for each song and Makaton signs. It also includes a CD of the songs as well as the sheet music. This is a great resource for those working with children with additional needs but also for early years. It would be a great resource for home . Well worth a look.
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.
Social Stories Creator
A free app available through iTunes store for creating your own social stories.
Speed Up! (2004) Lois Addy
A handwriting programme designed for children aged 8 – 13 years, whose handwriting is slow, illegible or lacking in fluency. This programme develops kinaesthetic awareness through multisensory activity and exercise.
Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
Website explaining sensory processing disorder for parents, professionals, teachers. Useful articles, resources and links.
Stephen Harris in Trouble (2003) Tim Nichol
An engaging story about Stephen a boy with developmental coordination disorder. It offers constructive strategies and approaches.
An excellent film on the life of Temple Grandin. It provides really helpful insight into the difficulties Temple encountered and in particular her sensory problems.
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.
The Brain with David Eagleman
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.
The British Dyslexia Association
UK charity which aims to influence Government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia-friendly society that enables people with dyslexia to reach their potential. Links to local support groups on website.
The Dyspraxia Foundation
National group committed to promoting awareness of dyspraxia in teaching and medical professions. Useful information and downloads available.
The Hyperactive Children’s Support Group
UK support group helping children and their families. Information on dietary approach.
The Kid’s Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control (2014) Lauren Brunker
This book is full of sensory ideas to help children aged 7 – 14 years to regulate their emotions. There is also a section at the back written for parents. A really useful little book for parents and classroom teachers with simple sensory ideas that can easily be carried out at home or in the classroom.
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.
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up (2016) Carol Stock Kranowitz
This book is written for adolescents and provides strategies for coping with the daily challenges of life. Plenty of first hand experiences from young people living with SPD.
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’ books.
The Reason I Jump (2013) Naoki Higashida
Written by a 13 year old boy with autism spectrum disorder, this book provides excellent insight into the world of someone with autism. It is a very easy read, written in a question and answer format, with questions such as “You seem to dislike holding hands with people” and “Why do you take ages to answer questions”. This book is a ‘must read’ in terms of helping to understanding more about autism.
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 quizzes to identify sensory problems and then practical strategies to put in place.
The Sensory-Sensitive Child (2004) Karen Smith and Karen Gouze
This book explains the central role of the senses and provides ‘sense-able parenting’ strategies for home and school.
Therapy Ball Activities Fun Deck
This is a great resource to have in a school, therapy department or at home. It contains 60 fun and creative therapy ball activities.
Toilet Training For Individuals With Autism Or Other Developmental Issues (2007) Maria Wheeler
An excellent, straight forward book on toilet training for individuals with autism and those with sensory processing problems. Practical advice and tips for parents and professionals.
Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight (2002) Sharon Heller
Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals (2013) Angie Voss
Watch Me, I Can Do It! (1996) Neralie Cocks
UK organisation providing customised mobility equipment.
Why Love Matters (2014) Sue Gerhardt
Why Love Matters ‘explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting consequences for future emotional and physical health.’ This is a fascinating book on neuroscience, emotional and social development, and parenting. A must read for professionals working with babies and young children.
Write Dance In The Early Years (2010) Ragnhild Oussoren
A programme which uses music and movement to introduce handwriting to children. Very useful in terms of ideas to help improve motor skills especially in Early Years.