Resources to Understand Sensory Challenges

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Have you ever heard these words?

I think my child has sensory issues.

He just got a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder.

That child struggles with sensory integration.

There are so many different words people use to talk about sensory issues. And if you’re ever on Pinterest, you have probably seen ideas and projects about sensory play. But what does that all mean? I have to admit, when I first started hearing about sensory, it was confusing. Here are some books and resources I’ve found to be informative and helpful when talking about all things sensory.

Resources to Understand Sensory Challenges from Encourage Play

What does sensory processing mean?

What does “sensory” mean? Here is a brief explanation of what the term “sensory” means from The Inspired Treehouse.

The Sensory Spectrum is a wonderful resource to go to for all things sensory. I found this video briefly explaining sensory processing on there.

Is it Behavior or Is it Sensory? - An awesome series of posts on Golden Reflections Blog helping to clarify between behavior issues and sensory integration issues, because it can look so similar.

Accepting the Reality of Sensory Processing Disorder - This is such an honest and open look at a family learning about sensory processing disorder from Look We’re Learning.

Here’s a short video clip of Temple Grandin briefly explaining her own sensory sensitivities and the importance of addressing these issues.

Sensory Processing Myths - 5 Things OT’s want you to know from The Inspired Treehouse - Love this! If you go on Pinterest at all, you see a lot of stuff about sensory play. This post is great for explaining what sensory play actually is, and integrating play into sensory experiences.
 

Books on Sensory Processing

So many books have been written about sensory processing. Here are two of my favorites that I’ve read so far.

Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel, M.A, OTR/L and Nancy Peske - What a phenomenally helpful book. I love that it’s written by an OT and a mom who connected while the OT was working with the woman’s son. It’s detailed and informative about everything sensory and written in a clear way to help people not familiar with these topics.

Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals - Angie Voss, OTR - This book is such a great resource. It’s broken down into sensory signals. For example - hides under bed, under table, in closet, or covers ears at loud noises. For every sensory signal listed, she gives a sensory explanation for the behaviors and ideas to try to help manage that sensory signal in a regulating way.

 

Sensory Based Activities

Sensory Starter Kit from the Dollar Store - A great list of what you can get at the dollar store to start sensory play from Fun at Home with Kids.

25 Sensory Hacks for Vestibular and Proprioceptive Input - from And Next Comes L. I love to DIY, and this is a great list that gives options for DIY projects vs buying.

Check out Sensory Summer on the Jenny Evolution - a series of ideas, crafts and activities you can do related to sensory during summer vacation. I’m going to keep checking it out for summertime inspiration.

15 Must Follow Sensory Blogs - Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures gathered a great bunch of Sensory Blogs to follow - what an awesome list of resources! Lemon Lime Adventures is also a great resource too!

Here is my Pinterest Board full of resources for learning more about this world.

Where do you go to find sensory resources?