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Helping your child with sensory regulation : skills to manage the emotional and behavioral components of your child's sensory processing challenges
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A groundbreaking guide to managing the emotional and behavioral components of your child's sensory processing challenges

Imagine having the flu, while lying in a bed of ants, listening to heavy metal at high volume, and trying to do calculus. Now consider living in that body all the time. It becomes easy to understand how kids with difficulties processing and controlling sensory information can become avoidant, anxious, impatient, irritable, or oppositional. If you have a child who has a sensory regulation issue, you may find yourself confused or frustrated by their behavior. This book will help you understand your child's behavior, as well as the root cause of their emotional outbursts, and provides an arsenal of tools to help your child self-regulate.

This book addresses the often-overlooked connection between sensory sensitivity and emotional and behavioral issues, which can often lead to a diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an anxiety disorder, or a host of other disorders of childhood. You'll gain a better understanding of how your child's sensory sensitivity affects how they feel and act, and also learn powerful sensory regulation skills to help your child manage their emotions and improve relationships with family and friends.

Whether your child has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you'll find proven-effective tips and strategies for dealing with the sensory sensitivity that drives your child's emotions and behavior, and discover ways to ease tension in your home caused by your child's disorganization, oppositional behavior, refusal to eat, disruptive behavior, and anxiety.

Parenting can be challenging even when behavior is predictable and age-appropriate, and when a child has a nervous system that is dysregulated, it is even more so. With this book, you will not only learn to understand your child's behaviors, but will also learn sensory regulation skills to help your child--and your family as a whole--find some much-needed balance.

Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Introduction: What Happens When There Is a Problem with Sensory Regulation?p. 1
Part 1Understanding Problems with Sensory Regulation
1Overview of the Senses: How Senses Affect Behaviorp. 13
2A Better Understanding of Your Child's Behavior: The Specifics of Sensory Regulation Problemsp. 31
3When Sensory Regulation Issues Become a Problemp. 51
4Sensory Regulation Issues Can Look Like Other Disordersp. 71
5Difficulty with Sensory Regulation Is Common in Conjunction with Several Childhood Disordersp. 95
Part 2Helping Parents Help Their Child: Practical Applications
6Tools to Help Sensory Regulation: A Formula for Successp. 111
7Specific Tools to Help Under- and Over-Responsive Childrenp. 137
8The Challenging Child in Context: How to Support Your Child and Strengthen Your Relationshipp. 155
9Positive Self-Care for Parentsp. 177
10The Bigger Picture: Where Do We Go from Here?p. 191
Referencesp. 203
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