September 19, 2013

The Sensory Child Gets Organized

The Sensory Child Gets Organized
by Carolyn Dalgliesh
published September 2013
source:  Touchstone, the publisher

Some people (aka OCD) are very organized.  Some like me (messy hoarder) are not. 

Some people have a sensory processing disorder.  Statistics from the publisher:

 ·      1 in 20 kids have Sensory Processing Disorder.
·       8.6% of kids are diagnosed with AD/HD.
·       Anxiety Disorders are diagnosed in as many as 1 in 8 children.
·       Currently, 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
·       As many of 50% of kids with a diagnosis also live with a co-existing condition
·       Most kids receive a sensory or special-needs diagnosis between ages 3 to 10 years.
·       Many kids will not be eligible for special services and parents need help supporting day-to-day life at home.

I was eager to read the book, but ended up skimming it because (1) I'm the least organized person here  (2) I've retired from the classroom.    I have seen Dalgliesh's organizational hints in other teachers' classrooms, most specifically labeling items. 

Dalgliesh's blog has several more articles well worth reading.   Her book is recommended for parents who need organizational systems to help their children cope in the home.   Some items can be purchased at your local big-box stores.