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Raising a Sensory Smart Child
The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues
by Lindsey Biel, MA, OTR/L and Nancy Peske

Long thought to be a disorder that affects only autistic children, and a disorder that is often mistaken for ADHD, sensory integration dysfunction is finally being recognized as a separate condition. For parents of children with sensory integration issues, Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L and Nancy Peske have written a groundbreaking book that will be an invaluable resource: Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues (Penguin Original; on-sale date: February 22, 2005).

In just about any classroom, there's at least one child who is struggling with sensory issues. These are the kids that teachers and parents describe as "oversensitive," "picky," "clumsy," "spacy," "impulsive," "difficult," or even just "quirky." Children with SI dysfunction are those who have difficulty processing everyday sensations that most of us take for granted. Often, they're highly distractible and they tune out or act out when they're overstimulated. Their need for sensory input such as movement and touch can be so overpowering that they truly can't control their need to seek it out.

Each child has a unique experience with this confusing and sometimes exasperating condition. Raising a Sensory Smart Child helps parents understand what their child is going through—as well as how the seven (yes, seven!) senses work, and how to find an occupational therapist (OT) who is trained and experienced in helping kids with SI dysfunction who can help retrain the child's nervous system to work more adaptively.

The book addresses everyday behaviors from dealing with clothing and grooming sensitivities to getting children the sensory input they need to feel calm and organized. After reading Raising a Sensory Smart Child, parents and professionals will be able to spot common related developmental delays. Biel and Peske provide guidance on how to work together as a team with schools and therapists to help kids with sensory issues cope with the confusing sensations coming from within and outside of their bodies.

Some of the key topics covered in the book are:

  • Where to find an occupational therapist and how to get the best professional help
  • The importance of the "just right" challenge
  • "Sensory diet" activities that can be done every day to help
  • Practical solutions for everyday problems - from brushing hair to getting dressed or being in group situations
  • Why "sensory smarts" can be a huge help for children with learning and attention problems
  • Ways to advocate for your child at school and ways to make schools more "sensory smart"
  • How to empower your child and teen in the world
  • Complementary therapies, recommended resources, and helpful websites

Raising a Sensory Smart Child serves as an indispensable guide - as warm and accessible as it is authoritative and detailed.


Lindsey Biel, MA, OTR/L is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics.

Nancy Peske is the coauthor of the Cinematherapy series. She lives in New York with her husband and son, who has sensory integration issues

You are invited to visit their website: and be sure to check out the wonderfully informative interview they did with StorkNet!

To Purchase:
   • Raising a Sensory Smart Child at
   • Raising a Sensory Smart Child at Amazon UK
   • Raising a Sensory Smart Child at Amazon Canada


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