Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder

Synopsis

"Understanding Sensory Dysfunction provides a wide range of practical and empowering strategies to assist children with sensory dysfunction in learning, skills development and socialization. Focusing on early intervention, this book shows how children with sensory dysfunction can reach their full potential at home, at school and in the community. This comprehensive and accessible book is a useful resource for families, teachers and caregivers living or working with children with sensory dysfunction." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

A decade has passed since we first felt compelled to share our stories as mothers of children with sensory dysfunction. Now the feeling has gripped us once again to continue the story and advocate for the children with sensory processing difficulties, for the parents, for the teachers. As the years have passed, we find ourselves evolving both personally and professionally. In 1995, when we were writing Unlocking the Mysteries of Sensory Dysfunction (Anderson and Emmons 1996), we wrote from the perspective of parents of young children with significant sensory issues, and we were struggling to keep our heads above water. These were supposed to be the salad days—while the best was yet to come. However, the dream did not always match the reality. When our paths crossed, we instinctively realized that our individual struggles and the challenges our children presented were perhaps reflective of a common issue…sensory dysfunction.

In Unlocking the Mysteries of Sensory Dysfunction, we shared our early journey into a world where there was very little information (thank goodness for A. Jean Ayres and her book Sensory Integration and the Child (1979)) about children with sensory issues. We then began to consider the relationship between sensory dysfunction and other diagnoses such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, psychiatric disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome…the list goes on and on. We were aware that sometimes the sensory issues were the [big] piece and other times they were the [small] piece or were negligible. We had to face the facts that while we had very different children and very different lifestyles, the commonalities were simply too powerful to be attributed to chance. It started off as two moms talking in a . . .

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