As Dr. Temple Grandin writes in her compelling forward, Raising A Sensory Smart Child offers "insights and answers" for sensory processing issues that parents need. While the book does do just that - with an introduction to the sensory systems and their neurological underpinnings - pages and pages of solutions to everyday problems are why I recommend this book to every family with a child that has sensory challenges. The most highlighted, dog-eared sections of my well-worn copy include practical sensory-based solutions for:
bathing, hair-washing, and brushing teeth
picky eating and other food issues
strategies for improving sleep
tactile sensitivity to clothing
In simple, bullet-pointed lists, the authors offer the wisdom of all of the therapists, parents, and children that have shared the same struggles. For me - and for many families - it offers some hope, even when you are sure you've tried everything.