Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder - Christopher R. Auer (Paperback)

A Family Guide to Understanding and Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child

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Kids with sensory processing disorder (SPD) may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light and sound, and may react strongly to sensory events. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school and participate in social events. This is a guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the family.

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1 Dec 2006
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Christopher R. Auer
Susan Blumberg
Susan L. Blumberg
Lucy Jane Miller
A Family Guide to Understanding & Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child
New Harbinger Pubns Inc
Number of Pages
222 x 152 x 13mm (281g)


Describes the symptoms of sensory processing disorder, and helps parents design a treatment and behavioral plan for children suffering from the illness, including information on schoolwork, social events, and family relationships.


  • Does your child react strongly to noises or smells or textures that other children take in stride? Or does he or she beg for more touch and massage, rocking until he or she is dizzy? This child may be living with a little-known condition called sensory processing disorder (SPD). Kids with SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light, and sound, or they may seek out sensations that might make another child woozy. SPD can make it hard for kids to concentrate in school, engage in social events, and live peaceably with other family members. Until now, there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but in this book a child advocate and child psychologist offer a comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the entire family.

    The book describes the symptoms of SPD and offers an overview of what it means to live with and care for a child with the condition. It provides a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder, and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter. Throughout, the book stresses the importance of whole-family involvement in the care of a child with SPD, making sure that everyone is given the attention they need. Finally, you’ll read real-life stories providing ideas that you can put to work in your own family.

    Learn about SPD, its signs, and causes

    •Make a plan to involve the whole-family in caring for a child with SPD
    •Communicate effectively about SPD with loved ones, teachers, and doctors
    •Find ways to manage everyday SPD challenges
    •Encourage independence and confidence in a child with SPD


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Family & Relationships / Children with Special Needs
BIC Classification 1
Child care & upbringing
Library Subject 1
Children with disabilities; Family relationships.
Library Subject 2
Library Subject 3
Sensory integration dysfunction in children.
Academic Subject 1
Developmental Disabilities
Academic Subject 2
Child Development And Rearing
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Christopher R. Auer, MA, is employed in the Mayor's Office for Education and Children as the disabilities and mental health administrator for Denver's Great Kids Head Start. He holds licensure as a director of special education and is the parent of three children, one of whom is diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mood disorder and sensory processing disorder. Susan L. Blumberg, Ph.D., is co-author of six books, including Fighting for Your Marriage and Twelve Hours to a Great Marriage. She has more than twenty years' experience as a family advocate for families with children with special needs, helping families navigate through the system to obtain services and supports. She is also the parent of two children, one of whom is diagnosed with non-verbal learning disability and sensory processing disorder.