At least 90% of children with autism spectrum disorder experience sensory challenges. My Sensory Book: The More I Know About My World, The Better I Will Feel is a workbook designed to provide children with a clearer understanding of their sensory systems and the impact sensory input may have on their emotions. The book provides clear descriptions and specific information about sensory systems and illustrates the link that exists between sensory input and emotions.
This interactive workbook is useful in helping children and adults establish and understand the triggers for their strong emotions and use interventions that may help them cope more effectively with the world around them. After all, children who understand their sensory systems will have fewer behavior challenges!
If you have a child with sensory processing difficulties, Lauren Kerstein's MY SENSORY BOOK is exactly what you have been looking for. It is well organized, practical, and easy to read, with wonderful strategies for parents, children, and professionals alike. The book includes a clear and straightforward description of sensory challenges and the relationship with emotional regulation, with worksheets and activities to help children better understand their own physical and emotional reactions. Different from other books on sensory dysfunction, MY SENSORY BOOK allows the reader to arrive at individualized and real-life strategies and interventions to support children whose sensory difficulties impact their emotions and behaviors. The useful and eye-catching illustrations help both the adult and child understand the material in a meaningful way. I look forward to using this book with my clients and referring it to the families I work with. --Nancy Cason, PsyD, private practice
MY SENSORY BOOK is an invaluable, practical resource for families, practitioners and children who have experienced and/or witnessed the intense emotions and reactions that children can have to sensory stimuli. This book is written in a family-friendly manner using real-life examples. But unlike other books of a similar nature, it addresses the emotional component of sensory difficulties. The interventions suggested are practical and applicable and written in such a way that even the busiest of families can implement them. --Sheri Katzman, PsyD., licensed clinical psychologist
MY SENSORY BOOK is an easy-to-read and accessible book filled with practical suggestions for working with children who have sensory difficulties. Ms. Kerstein emphasizes the connection between sensory stimuli and emotions and, in doing so, promotes self-awareness of feelings and behavior. Creative coping techniques are provided to prevent problematic behaviors that can result from sensory triggers. --Judy Reaven, Ph.D., Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, JFK Partners University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
About the Author
Lauren H. Kerstein is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. After receiving Bachelors of Arts in both Education and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, she attended George Warren Brown School of Social Work and received a Masters in Social Work. Lauren completed a post-masters fellowship at JFK Partners, the University Affiliated Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The fellowship included intensive training and practical experience with children, adults and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other disabilities. Lauren received multi-disciplinary training by psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, developmental pediatricians, neuropsychologists, and social workers at JFK Partners. She currently has a private practice working with children, adolescents, adults and families, specializing in with autism spectrum disorders and particularly Asperger s Syndrome. She also works with children experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship skill difficulties, divorce and other adjustment, developmental or mental health needs.