Practical Sensory Programmes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Special Needs
A six step approach to developing a programme to help children cope with sensory input they find overwhelming. Helps to identify activities they may find relaxing.
Children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) often have sensory processing difficulties. They may be very sensitive to particular sounds or materials, or unresponsive to injuries most children would find painful. This practical book offers a six-step approach to developing a successful program to help children to cope with sensory input they find overwhelming, and to identify activities they may find relaxing or rewarding.
Sue Larkey draws on her experience of working with children with autism to offer activities using touch, sound, taste, vision and movement, and gives advice o how to use these opportunities to improve children’s communication skills. She provides detailed photocopiable checklists to assess children’s sensory reactions, sleep patterns, sense of movement and eye contact.
Parents, occupational therapists and educational professionals will find this workbook to be a rich source of fun ideas for improving sensory processing in autism, and easily adaptable for children with other special needs.
About the author:
Sue Larkey is Director of Autism Counsulting and Educational Services in southern Australia. She has taught both as a primary school teacher and as a special education teacher – teaching students with ASD in a mainstream and at a specialist autism school. She combines this practical experience with extensive research, having completed a Masters in Special Education and currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education. Sue has spoken at the World Autism Congress and regularly runs workshops on educational strategies for children with ASD. She is author of Making it a Success: Practical Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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