5 Books Occupational Therapists Recommend for Activities of Daily Living

1. Tools for Tots
by Diana Henry, MS, OTR/L, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Phd, OT/L, & Susan Swindeman, OTR/L
This book is filled with practical sensory tips to help toddlers and preschoolers get through their days. This is a great book for educating and helping parents figure out ways to make daily tasks – like bath time, clipping nails, cutting hair, and brushing teeth – with their toddlers a little easier.


2. Raising a Sensory Smart Child
by Lindsey Biel, MA, OTR/L & Nancy Peske
This book has great information and is filled with practical, and easy to implement sensory strategies for a variety of situations that families and children will encounter in their everyday lives. Parents can read about the senses and how they integrate with each other. This book goes into how to tackle daily changes from brushing teeth to getting dressed in the morning.


3. Living Sensationally
by Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR
This book is a great resource because it is written in layman’s terms to describe how individual sensory patterns affect the way you react to everything throughout your day. This book was written for adults who have had no previous knowledge of sensory processing who want to understand why their children react the way they do to their environments.


4. Self-Care with Flair!
by Ginger McDonald, OTR/L & Bhanu Raghavan, MS, OTR/L
This book contains a step-by-step approach for self-care tasks and also includes pictures and rhymes. The book is laid out in easy-to-follow steps, which makes it child friendly. They also use rhyming to capture the child’s attention and makes the steps easier to remember.


5. Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals
by Angie Voss, OTR/L |
This book includes over 200 of the most common sensory signals and cues you might be receiving from your child. It is practical and can be applied to daily life. It includes simple everyday sensory strategies for all children. This book gives you a peek into the child’s mind and explains what they are thinking when they have a sensory overload.