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Welcome to the Resource Toolkit

This is our place to share things we like—books, movies, resources, toys—anything that strikes our fancy, or we believe will help you in your journey. Come back often as we will be adding and updating periodically. Send us your own suggestions here.

Movies:

Autistic-Like: Graham's Story

This movie is incredible. It’s an intimate family portrait showing one family’s determined quest to find the right therapies, the right doctors, and even the right words to describe their son. I love how the parents are so real about their journey to help their kids.  Brought tears to my eyes.

Temple Grandin

This movie helped me to understand the world through the eyes of a person that has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I loved the scene when Temple Grandin's aunt taught her about emotions and people's facial expressions. Very inspirational.

Books for Kids:

Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook  and Carrie Hartman

Explaining the concept of personal space to children isn’t exactly easy, but as an experienced educator and astute author, Julia Cook leads her lovable character Louis, a self-proclaimed space expert, on an enlightening journey of discovery.I love how this book teaches kids to interact with others and not pop other kids' "space bubbles."

When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dunn Buron

According to a 2008 NIMH-supported study, over 30 percent of children living with ADHD also live with anxiety." Using psychoeducation and cognitive behavior management, Kari Dunn Buron has written and illustrated a book that melds a story book approach with a workbook format, teaching kids how to recognize anxiety. They learn strategies for lowering anxious feelings and returning themselves to a state of relaxation.

Books for Therapists

Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers

This is an amazing program that can be adapted to teach preschoolers through adults how to regulate their emotions.  There are great tools and printables that make implementation easy for therapists and families.

No Longer A SECRET:  Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges by Doreit Bialer and Lucy Jane Miller

This book connects the dots with in depth information about sensory processing disorder and gives helpful tools for meeting the needs of sensory kids.

Books for Parents

Sensational Kids Revised Edition: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Lucy Jane Miller Ph.D OTR

Sensory Processing Disorder is an increasingly common diagnosis, with a wide range of symptoms that can be difficult for parents and pediatricians to identify. In Sensational Kids, internationally renowned expert Dr. Miller shares her more than forty years of experience and research findings on SPD. It is an authoritative and practical guide to understanding and treating this little-understood condition. Newly updated, this revised edition will include the latest research on SPD's relationship to autism, as well as new treatment options and coping strategies for parents, teachers, and others who care for kids with SPD.  This book offers real life, practical strategies, and hope for families with sensory kids.

No More Perfect Kids by Jill Savage and Kathy Kock

This book will help identify and remove the Perfection Infection from our parenting, releasing our children from unrealistic expectations. This book is a big sigh of relief, offering practical answers for parent everywhere.  

Parenting From The Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel MD and Mary Hartzell 

This book helps us learn about how our own childhood experiences shape our parenting approach. It gives us a unique perspective when we are in the trenches of parenting.

Websites for Parents

http://www.kellehampton.com/  This blog is a breath of fresh air, all from the perspective of a wonderful photographer, writer and mother of a little girl with Down Syndrome.

http://momastery.com/ This hilarious mom makes me laugh out loud as she encourages us all to be real in our struggles and encourage one another.

Websites for Therapists

http://www.yourkidstable.com/ I love how this blog gives great ideas for children struggling with eating and has so many fun ideas for play activities!

http://www.barbarasmithoccupationaltherapist.com/ This is a great blog called Recycling OT.  It represents the heart of occupational therapy- taking what you have and making it fun and therapeutic!

Toys

Kinetic Sand: What a fun new toy- the sand has a great texture and moves or holds it shape.  I have already enjoyed many seashell treasure hunts while working on sensory processing and fine motor coordination.

Gazillion Bubble Cannon: This is a great play tool- there are so many fun developmentally appropriate components built into playing bubbles and the best part is the connection time with your kids

Music

Ocean Sounds App

We all know how challenging that going to bed routine can be.  This is a free app that helps calm and focus to help with the night time routine or during transitions.

Jumping Jelly Beans by Genevieve Jerub

 This is a really fun set of children's songs by a fabulous OT.

Parents Corner

This Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude Just breathe :) and be grateful.

Essential oil diffuser: The scent of lavender or peppermint has calmed me down after many long days. Get a diffuser so you can keep checking things off your list while rejuvenating. While you’re at it, add a foot massage with peppermint lotion.

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