I believe strongly that we should be very transparent about sensory challenges and regulation. We should help our student to understand and mange their own sensory challenges. I'm sharing a few links to children's story books that I know about that can help with discussions around sensory challenges. I think its great that we have these tools to create conversations that will ultimately allow a child to better understand and advocate for themself.
Picky Picky Pete - A Children's Book About Sensory Issues
Written by Michele Griffin, an occupational therapist, this picture book is a must for any child with sensory processing disorder. Pete finds his clothes uncomfortable and can’t stand “paint, soap, and things with lumps.” He explains this to his mother and the reader in this fun children’s book, as he and his mother navigate a difficult morning in the life of a young boy with sensory issues.
Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload
Izzy is now in first grade, but having a difficult time with the structure and environment of the classroom. The book is written through Izzy's point of view, giving the reader a first-hand account of how sensory overload occurs throughout the day of an Elementary school student.
Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success
Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success is a beautifully illustrated children’s book centred on an exuberant young boy who struggles to pay attention in class because of his sensory needs. Written from Arnie’s point of view, it gives readers insight into some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and at home to help him succeed.
This Is Gabriel Making Sense of School: A Book about Sensory Processing Disorder
This is Gabriel Making Sense of School provides a look into the challenges children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) face in the classroom. This easy to read and beautifully illustrated picture book gives teachers, parents and students a better understanding of all seven senses, how they are each affected at school and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations!
Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself
Lynda has transcribed the behaviors seen with sensory needs in her book, Squirmy Wormy that depicts, Tyler, a child with Autism and SPD maneuvering throughout his day. The use of repetitive sing song words, “Flappy, Flappy, Pinchy, Pinchy, Hit, Hit, Hit” brings the young reader to attention. Lynda follows each behavior with a sensory suggestion for kids, then suggestions for adults.