The Sensory-Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior

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In a book likely to transform how parents manage many of their child's daily struggles, Drs. Smith and Gouze explain the central and frequently unrecognized role that sensory processing problems play in a child's emotional and behavioral difficulties. Practicing child psychologists, and themselves parents of children with sensory integration problems, their message is innovative, practical, and, above all, full of hope.

A child with sensory processing problems overreacts or underreacts to sensory experiences most of us take in stride. A busy classroom, new clothes, food smells, sports activities, even hugs can send such a child spinning out of control. The result can be heartbreaking: battles over dressing, bathing, schoolwork, social functions, holidays, and countless other events. In addition, the authors say, many childhood psychiatric disorders may have an unidentified sensory component.

Readers Will Learn:

  • The latest scientific knowledge about sensory integration
  • How to recognize sensory processing problems in children and evaluate the options for treatment
  • How to prevent conflicts by viewing the child's world through a "sensory lens"
  • Strategies for handling sensory integration challenges at home, at school, and in twenty-first century kid culture

The result: a happier childhood, a more harmonious family, and a more cooperative classroom. This thoroughly researched, useful, and compassionate guide will help families start on a new path of empowerment and success.

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About the author

Karen A. Smith, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, has worked exclusively with children and their families for the past sixteen years. A school counselor in Athens, Georgia, she has consulted to Head Start and Early Intervention programs for young children and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. She and her family live in Athens, Georgia.

Karen R. Gouze, Ph.D., has been director of Clinical Psychology Training in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the past nineteen years. She also holds an appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She and her family live in River Forest, Illinois.

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Harper Collins
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Mar 17, 2009
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Family & Relationships / Children with Special Needs
Family & Relationships / Parenting / General
Psychology / Developmental / Child
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The most comprehensive guide to sensory processing challenges

Loved and celebrated by parents, teachers, therapists, doctors and others, the new edition of Raising a Sensory Smart Child is a must-have volume for anyone who cares about a child with sensory issues. For children with sensory difficulties-those who struggle to process everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights-this groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource. Sensory processing disorder, also known as sensory integration dysfunction, affects affects all kinds of children-from those with developmental delays, attention problems, or autism spectrum disorders, to those without any other issues. Coauthored by a pediatric occupational therapist and a parent of a child with sensory issues, this updated and expanded edition of Raising a Sensory Smart Child is comprehensive and more helpful than ever. 


*How the senses actually work and integrate with each other
*How and where to get the very best professional help
*"Sensory diet" activities that meet your child's needs--including new tips and ideas for kids, teens, adults, and families
*Practical solutions for daily challenges-from brushing teeth to getting dressed to picky eating to family gatherings
*Using "sensory smarts" to help children with developmental delays, learning, and attention problems
*The special challenges of helping children with autism and sensory issues
* Ways to advocate for your child at school and make schools "sensory smart"
*How to empower your child and teen in the world
*Complementary therapies, resources, and helpful web sites


From the Trade Paperback edition.
A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

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