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Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide,
John Taylor



Review by Special Needs Almanac

Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide,
John Taylor
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This one-of-a-kind book puts kids in charge of their sensory issues. It is written for kids who are sensory avoiders – meaning, children who avoid, resist or become emotionally upset about experiencing certain sensory stimuli.

Don’t get the wrong idea – just because it is written for kids doesn’t mean it is cutesy or talks down to children. The book has a calm, intelligent conversation with your child, explaining sensory and neurological information in such a well-written manner that your child will easily understand it. The book treats kids with respect, an attitude that must be refreshing to any child reading a book.

Chapter 1: Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses
Chapter 2: Stop Overreacting in Three Steps
Chapter 3: Learn to Have Fun with Touch
Chapter 4: Learn to Have Fun with Movement
Chapter 5: Learn to Have Fun with Your Hearing
Chapter 6: Learn to Have Fun with Your Vision
Chapter 7: Learn to Have Fun with Tastes and Smells
Chapter 8: Eat the Right Foods
Chapter 9: Get Good Sleep
Chapter 10: Take Good Care of Yourself

In each of these chapters, the author explains to the reader why it is important to eat the right foods, to avoid chemical exposure, to get a good night’s sleep. It does not just nag children about doing certain things. It tells them, for example, how much sleep they need and why they need that amount of sleep. The book then describes how the child will feel the next day when they have not had enough sleep, and how this affects the child’s sensory issues. Finally, the book empowers kids with practical tips and tools so they can get better sleep. This is just Chapter 9. Every chapter of the book follows a similar pattern.

The book also contains highly useful:

• A Special Message for the Parent
• A Special Message for the Occupational Therapist
• A Special Message for the Teacher

The author, John F. Taylor, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of attention deficit disorder (ADD), and has long advocated for awareness of the sensory issues involved with ADD. He has written many books on ADD, ADHD, sensory issues, dietary toxins and behavior, and other topics. Taylor created the video DVD, The School Success Tool Kit, considered the most comprehensive instructional DVD on classroom and home-based sensory accommodations. Helping our children be more comfortable in their lives is his enduring passion.

This book can make a real difference in the lives of our children.

Five stars out of five.

Special Needs Almanac
The Source for Special Needs

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