5 Sensory Regulation Books Pediatric Occupational Therapists Recommend

Sensory regulation and sensory strategies are a huge part of pediatric occupational therapy. The 5 books below are great resources that pediatric therapists swear by! They provide a thorough introduction to sensory processing and provide great tips for parents for home-based sensory strategies! 

1. Tools for Tots

By Diana Henry, MS, OTR/L, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D., OT/L, & Susan Swindeman, OTR/L

This book is filled with practical sensory tips for parents to help toddlers and preschoolers get through their days. This is a great resource to help parents with ways to make daily tasks, like bath time, clipping nails, cutting hair, and brushing teeth, a little easier.

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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 will encounter in their everyday lives. It provides detailed information about the complex sensory system and how it integrates to provide regulation. It also covers daily challenges like tooth brushing and getting dressed, too!

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3. Living Sensationally

By Winnie Dunn, Ph.D., 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 around you. 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 different environments.

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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. It is laid out in easy-to-follow sequences, which makes it child-friendly. The fun rhymes and songs capture the child’s attention and make the steps easier to remember!

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5. Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals

By Angie Voss, OTR/L

This book includes more than 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 children of all ages. This book gives you a peek into the child’s mind and explains what they are thinking when they have a sensory processing difficulty.

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These 5 books are a great way to better understand sensory processing and develop your own home-based sensory strategies! If you feel that your child could benefit from more sensory-based intervention through occupational therapy, contact Chicago Occupational Therapy or call (773) 980-0300 to learn more about our services and how we can help your child flourish and grow.