Recommended Books

Understanding Sensory Needs

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Building Bridges through Sensory Integration
by Ellen Yack, M.Ed., B.Sc (OT), Shirley Sutton, B.Sc (OT), Paula Aquilla, B. Sc (OT)
​Therapy for children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. I have returned to this book again and again for plainly stated explanations of vexing sensory issues, and for treatment ideas. (JRM)
How Does Your Engine Run?
by Mary Sue Williams, Sherry Shellenberger
A leader's guide to The Alert Program for Self-Regulation.
Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder
by Christopher R. Auer, MA, with Susan L. Blumberg, Ph.D.
​A family guide to understanding and supporting your sensory-sensitive child.
Sensory Integration and the Child
by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D.
This is a classic book linking the art of sensory integrative therapy to neuroscience. It provides insight and tips for parents in the revised and updated edition by Pediatric Therapy Network.
Sensory Integration Strategies for Parents
by Jeanne Sangirardi Ganz, OTR/L, BCP
​Describes a variety of sensory conditions and suggests many practical tips for dealing with each specifically.
Smart Moves
by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.
​Why we must move, and how we can move to fully activate our learning potential.
Starting Sensory Integration Therapy
by Bonnie Arnwine
Fun and easy sensorimotor and social games and activities for children with sensory integration dysfunction.
The Out-of Sync Child Has Fun
by by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
​Activities for kids with sensory integration dysfunction.
The Out-of-Sync Child
by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
​If your child has been labeled with words like difficult, picky, oversensitive, clumsy, or inattentive...there may be a new explanation--and new hope.
The Sensory-Sensitive Child
by Karen A. Smith, Ph.D., Karen R. Grouze, Ph.D.
Provides scientific information about sensory integration, helps parents recognize sensory problems, and suggests ways to address sensory integration challenges in the real world. Addresses busy classrooms, new clothing, food smells, sports activities, holidays, etc. ​
Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight
by Sharon Heller, Ph.D.
​What to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulating world. This book addresses adult sensory dysfunction, too.

Teaching Children with Autism

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'Just Give Him the Whale'
by Paula Kluth & Patrick Schwarz
​A concise, highly practical guidebook gives educators across grade levels a powerful new way to think about students' obsessions as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate and improve learning. Tips, strategies, and great stories! ​
'You're Going to Love This Kid!'
by Paula Kluth
​Teaching students with autism in the inclusive classroom.
Helping the Child Who Doesn't Fit In
by Stephen Nowicki, Jr., Ph.D. and Marshall P. Duke, Ph.D
​Written by clinical psychologists, this book provides direct teaching lessons for young people who do not read the social cues of their peers.
Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers
by Christy Isbell and Rebecca Isbell
​Teacher resource for understanding sensory avoiders, seekers, and under-responders, and guide for designing classroom environment and low-cost materials to provide the sesory input preschoolers need.


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Just Take A Bite
by Lori Ernsperger, Ph.D., Tania Stegen-Hanson, OTR/L
​Easy, effective answers to food aversions and eating challenges!


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My Social Stories Book
by Carol Gray and Abbie Leigh White
​Valuable resource for presenting plain-spoken expectations to persons with autism. Provides words and pictures, with a large first chapter on "Taking Care of Me."
Easy Reading
The New Social Story Book
by Carol Gray
Social stories to address social skills, personal care, mealtime, helping around the house, outdoor games and activities, school, getting around, community helpers, holidays, vacations and recreation, etc. Also tells how to write an effective social story.
Easy Reading


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Taking Care of Myself
by Mary Wrobel
​A hygiene, puberty and personal curriculum for young people with autism.