I’m Not Weird does such a great job explaining Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), it is a must have resource!
Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Through Understanding Comes Respect and Love
This book was inspired by the author’s daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. It was written to validate Jaimie’s feelings and to show her other children feel things the way she does. This book can help children with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers understand what children with SPD go through; and also help therapists, teachers and/or counselors learn how to talk about it. Helping others learn about children with special needs brings understanding to them and help to make them seem less… different.
New 2nd edition includes suggested activities teachers or caregivers can do with children to help develop a deeper understanding of how SPD “feels” plus new pages on vestibular and proprioception systems.
Praise for I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD:
“This book is a must-read for any parent who has a child suffering with Sensory Processing Disorder. It also helps your child put words to what they are feeling on a daily basis. Teachers and other professionals working with children who have SPD also come to a better understanding of how to help these children.”
“A heart-touching book, written in a straightforward, kid-friendly manner that provides an excellent insight to the trials, frustrations, and new discoveries children with SPD and their families may encounter. This book has assisted in creating an appreciation and acceptance of the unique qualities within all of us, and that we are not ‘weird’-we are ‘wonderful’!”
–Lillian Baulkham, Grade 3 teacher, Sweet Grass School, Edmonton, Alberta
“When I read Chynna Laird’s I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD, I almost cried. Not because the story of a child struggling with severe sensory disorder is so sad, but because the frustration shared by child and family alike before diagnosis is so heart-wrenching. Ms. Laird leaves the reader with a moment of with a moment of joy and a real hope for a brighter tomorrow!”
From the Growing With Love Series from Loving Healing Press
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues – Special Needs
Education : Special Education – Communicative Disorders
Enjoy these excerpts…
I would consider myself quite versed in SPD (commonly known as Sensory Processing Disorder). To be honest, I feel like many of us can absolutely relate to someone with SPD. Personally for me, a lot of noise, certain textures, certain touches – all overwhelm me to the point that I need to put myself in a time out to gather myself and calm down. Now take that as an adult, give it to a child, multiply it to the point of pain, and do not give them the knowledge or words to explain how they feel. That is a child with SPD.
Chynna does such a wonderful job in I’m Not Weird explaining what a child with SPD feels like – what bothers them (noise, lights, certain sounds, textures, touches, etc.). Many times these children do act out and throw tantrums because they don’t understand what is going on or why it hurts. They can’t explain how they are feeling and so they lash out, they scream, they have a fit. (Remember that next time you see a child in public throwing a fit. Don’t assume they are a brat or whatever negative comment you have to say. They could just be experiencing the pain that comes from bright lights, loud noises, a certain smell. You never know until you walk in someone’s shoes.)
I’m Not Weird does a wonderful job showing this part of a child that many people do not understand, but also points out that a therapist can assist in helping the child express what is hurting them; help parents communicate with their child; and help a child with coping skills to self regulate themselves.
I’m Not Weird really is a book that all adults should read so they stop making assumptions about children who may not be “perfect angels” in public for something that is beyond their control; but more importantly, I think it’s a great book for parents, siblings, and children who are diagnosed with SPD and would make a great classroom or school book for the child’s school! The more people who can understand a child with SPD, the better our world would be and I’m Not Weird does such a great job sharing what SPD is, it is a must have resource!
About the author
CHYNNA LAIRD – is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and author. Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and emotional disorders and other special needs.
You’ll find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational, Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States, Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored two children’s books, two memoirs (and another in the works), an adult Suspense/Thriller, a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal series, two contemporary New Adult novels and a parent-to-parent book.
Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on the go.
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