October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month! At Emerge, we help children with sensory processing differences to participate more fully in their everyday activities. Children with sensory processing differences misinterpret sensory information within their bodies and in their environment. This can lead to difficulties with attention/focus, social skills, emotional regulation, and motor coordination. Our occupational therapy team works with the child and family to improve their processing of sensory input, so that they can more fully participate in everyday activities.

Emerge’s approach to therapy views the child and parent as one. We value our parent relationships and education. In celebration of Sensory Processing Awareness Month, here are our top book recommendations on parenting and sensory processing differences!

No Longer A Secret: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges (2011) by Doreit S. Bialer and Lucy Jane Miller. An in depth focus on sensory and motor challenges, with cost effective and functional, on the spot problem solving tips to use for children with sensory issues at home, school, and the community.

Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder (2016): 100 Playful Activities to Empower Children with Sensory Differences by Barbara Sher. A guide to fun, simple, and effective games for parents to play with their children.


The Sensory-Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions For Out-of-Bounds Behavior (2004) by Karen A. Smith. Written by two psychologists, who are also mothers of children with sensory processing disorders, this book is strong in addressing the behavioral impact of sensory processing disorders (not just those with hypersensitivity).

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with SPD (2006) by Lucy Jane Miller. In-depth, state of the art information of sensory processing disorder. Includes medical and scientific explanations as well as real life examples of children with Sensory Processing Disorders.

The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (1998; revised 2005) by Carl Kranowitz. An easy-to-read classic written by a preschool music and movement teacher. Includes detailed checklists. Carol has given one-day workshops in our areas several times.

The Out-Of-Sync Child has Fun (2003; revised 2006) by Carol Kranowitz. A collection of sensory based activities to do at home.

Building Bridges through Sensory Integration (2003) by Ellen Yack, Shirley Sutton, and Paula Aquilla. Practical book specifically oriented to children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Offers specific strategies for challenging behaviors and self-help skills.

Tool Chest for Teachers, Parents and Students Handbook by Diane Henry. Easy to use reference, primarily geared to school support and adaptations. Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller

Raising Your Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues (2005) by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske. Written by a parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder and a pediatric occupational therapist, this book includes practical ideas for activities.

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do It You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World (2002) by Sharon Heller. An overview of sensory defensiveness and treatment options.