The Sensory Child Gets Organized – Book Review

Here at Mommy Warriors, we get a lot of emails asking us to review products and books and then post a write up on the site.  If we took the time to review them all, we’d do nothing but product reviews all day long.  When we do come across something that is pertinent to our everyday lives we  either read the book or check out the product and write an honest review.

We have a sensory child in my extended family and we’ve done a lot of research about sensory issues over the years.  It took quite some time to figure out, but fortunately we found that the key for managing his behavior all came down to diet.  After months of eliminating different foods and reading labels, we found that gluten and soy were his triggers.  Imagine that, gluten and soy, ingredients that are found in pretty much everything.  Go ahead and read some labels in your kitchen, you’ll find gluten and soy lecithin high on most ingredient lists.  For us, it came down to monitoring what he was eating to keep him in check.  For others kids with sensory issues, it may not be that easy.  Trying and hoping to figure out what triggers their behavior may never be solved.  Even after all the sensory research we’ve done, we always continue to look for more on the subject, so when I received the email to review the book The Sensory Child Gets Organized, by Carolyn Dalgliesh, I thought, this is one I can relate to and maybe there’s more info in there that we can use.

Every year, tens of thousands of young children are diagnosed with disorders that make it difficult for them to absorb the external world.  1 in 20 kids have some kind of sensory processing disorder and many of those kids aren’t eligible for special services and their parents are the ones that will support and help them.  Parents of sensory kids 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.  Sensory kids see the world through a different lens, and even small things can be stress points. Sensory kids are sometimes rigid, anxious or distracted kids, characteristics that are not exclusive to the diagnoses of Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Austism Spectrum, Anxiety Disorder or a host of other diagnoses that often have  a sensory component.

Carolyn Dalgliesh, who is a parent of a sensory kid, does a great job in the first part of the book introducing her readers to the sensory kid and and some of the common diagnoses.  She then goes on to explain why organization, structure and routines are such important components for these kids to navigate through overwhelming situations at home.   In the last part of the book, she guides parents in transitioning those organizational skills from home into the everyday real world.

In the book, Carolyn Dalgliesh shares, and provides great pictures of, various systems of organization, from tagging bins for clothes, toys, etc., to keeping charts and journals to helping your child navigate through home life, therapy, school and social integration.  For parents of sensory children, The Sensory Child Gets Organized is a great resource that provides simple tools and solutions that anyone can follow.

The Sensory Child Gets Organized is available in hardcopy and e-book.

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