Understanding Sensory Dysfunction
Polly Godwin Emmons and Liz McKendry Anderson
Understanding Sensory Dysfunction is a clear and comprehensive resource to identifying and addressing sensory dysfunction in children, using a range of practical strategies to help them reach their full potential at home, at school and in the community. The authors explain the causes, contributing factors, symptoms and associated behaviors of sensory dysfunction, particularly when found in conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), ADHD and bipolar disorder. Focusing on early intervention, they provide a host of tried and tested integration activities, assessment and curricular modifications, treatment options and useful equipment and resources that ultimately aim to limit or prevent the interference of sensory dysfunction with successful learning, socialization and skills development. This accessible and empowering book offers a unique approach to the condition and will help families, teachers and caregivers meet the particular needs of children with sensory dysfunction.
Unlocking the Mysteries of Sensory Dysfunction
Elizabeth Anderson and Pauline Emmons
Parents are often the first to notice when a child is struggling with a sensory disorder. But even after knowing what the problem is, parents still need to know what to expect and, more importantly, what to do to help their child. This book is a parent-to-parent guide for raising a child with Sensory Integration Disorder. Using nonmedical language, the authors walk you through the challenges that children may face, such as being uncomfortable with hugs and kisses, experiencing a "fight or flight" sensation when brushing teeth or combing hair, etc. The two moms give tips and advice for school, home, and the future.
Living in Two Worlds: On Being a Social Chameleon with Asperger's
Dylan Emmons has always lived his life in two worlds. Diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of six, his school days were spent struggling to overcome the sensory and social hurdles that made fitting in with his classmates in the 'real world' so hard. An aspiring social chameleon, he attempted to blend in, despite his hidden other world of Asperger's. This book tells the story of his attempt, with the hindsight gained in adult life that it is better to spend energy learning to be happy, than learning to be 'normal'.
By describing the two conflicting worlds of his childhood, Dylan Emmons reveals the reasons behind the actions, mood swings and awkwardness of children on the autism spectrum that can often appear mysterious and unprovoked to neurotypical family members, friends, teachers and professionals.