About this book: Every year, tens of thousands of young children are diagnosed with disorders that make it difficult for them to absorb the external world. Parents of sensory kids—like those with sensory processing disorder, anxiety disorder, AD/HD, autism, bipolar disorder, and OCD—often feel frustrated and overwhelmed, creating stress in everyday life for the whole family. Now, with The Sensory Child Gets Organized, there’s help and hope.
As a professional organizer and parent of a sensory child, Carolyn Dalgliesh knows firsthand the struggles parents face in trying to bring out the best in their rigid, anxious, or distracted children. She provides simple, effective solutions that help these kids thrive at home and in their day-to-day activities, and in this book you’ll learn how to:
- Understand what makes your sensory child tick
- Create harmonious spaces through sensory organizing
- Use structure and routines to connect with your child
- Prepare your child for social and school experiences
- Make travel a successful and fun-filled journey
With The Sensory Child Gets Organized, parents get an easy-to-follow road map to success that makes life easier—and more fun—for your entire family.
Genre: Family & Relationships
Judge this book by its cover? Bright, appealing cover aptly suggests the kind of practical help this book offers
Reminds me of… Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
Buy or borrow? Buy if you have a rigid, anxious or distracted kid. And if you don’t, buy for a friend who does.
Why did I read this book? For Touchstone for review.
Would I read another by this author? Yes.
My take: In easy, layman’s language, Dalgliesh starts at the very top by describing the types of kids whose parents will most benefit from her book–kids challenged by autism, anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD and other sensory-related disorders. Though she doesn’t explicitly say so, I believe this book will be most helpful to parents of young children–say, those under 10–and those who are new at navigating the challenges of raising a sensory-challenged child.
Dalgliesh provides a practical Golden Tool–three important questions to ask in any new situation for your child–as well as a worksheet for helping you identify your child’s specific needs.
The book is broken into several general sections. Help at Home provides ideas for organizing your child’s bedroom, play area, and homework space–and for helping your child keep those spaces organized. It also gives suggestions for optimizing homework, transition and chore times, and the morning rush (which I most appreciated). Another big positive is that she suggests ways to involve your child in these decisions, which leads to greater buy-in. She also emphasizes the power of structure, routines and visual aids.
Help in the World helps parents identify stressful situations, and then gives them ideas for preparation and support. This section also includes ideas for easing travel tensions, as well as tips for caregivers (such as family and friends who regularly interact with your child).
Finally, Dalgliesh comes alongside you and shows how to become your child’s effective advocate with medical providers and educators. She also provides a whole host of helpful resources to further aid you in your journey.
Well-written and well-organized (natch), The Sensory Child Gets Organized is one of the most helpful books I’ve discovered on the topic.
Thanks to Touchstone for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
Find out much more about Carolyn Dalgliesh and sensory organizing at www.systemsforsensorykids.com.