September 21, 2013

The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh

The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh is a well written and researched guide for parents with sensory children to help them flourish in their environment at home. Read this book and find out how to reorganize the surroundings and use new strategies to help your sensory kids succeed.

Book Description
Every year, tens of thousands of young children are diagnosed with disorders that make it difficult for them to absorb the external world. Parents of sensory kids—like those with sensory processing disorder, anxiety disorder, AD/HD, autism, bipolar disorder, and OCD—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.

As a professional organizer and parent of a sensory child, Carolyn Dalgliesh knows firsthand the struggles parents face in trying to bring out the best in their rigid, anxious, or distracted children. She provides simple, effective solutions that help these kids thrive at home and in their day-to-day activities, and in this book you’ll learn how to:

¦ Understand what makes your sensory child tick
¦ Create harmonious spaces through sensory organizing
¦ Use structure and routines to connect with your child
¦ Prepare your child for social and school experiences
¦ Make travel a successful and fun-filled journey

With The Sensory Child Gets Organized, parents get an easy-to-follow road map to success that makes life easier—and more fun—for your entire family.” – The Sensory Child Gets Organized

My Thoughts
The Sensory Child Gets Organized is a really fantastic resource for parents of children who have “sensory” kids. However, it is also a great tool for adults who may have sensory issues as well. Adults wouldn’t need all of the sections included for kids, but the general ideas in the book could definitely help.

As someone who tries to be organized, and has some sensory issues as an adult, I can see how I have done some of the suggestions and tips that Carolyn has outlined in this book. For instance, I need things organized and in their places, or I am stressed out and my anxiety level rises. I like structure and things around me to be where they belong. Sometimes living with people who don’t understand how clutter and disorganization leads to higher levels of stress is difficult, and if my parents had this book when I was a kid, I would have been so much further ahead of those issues I had.

I do not personally have kids, so I can’t say that I put this book to the test with kids. However, as I said, I have struggled with some of these issues, and I can attest to the fact that the suggestions will help. Depending on the type of child you have, they need different kinds of organization and goals, luckily, the author understands this and included a lot of different types of methods on helping sensory kids. This is a great reference book to outline a plan for your home.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone with a child who has any of the sensory issues detailed in this book. I also think that the basic organization suggestions and other tips could help adults with these issues as well. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Sensory Child Gets Organized, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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