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Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders [Spiral-bound]

Paula Aquilla , Shirley Sutton , Ellen Yack
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1 Aug 2003 1932565450 978-1932565454 2nd
Written by three experienced occupational therapists, this book offers a combination of theory and strategies. It is a perfect tool for those working with young children, but also broad enough to be adapted for older children and adults. "Building Bridges" provides creative techniques and useful tips while offering innovative strategies and practical advice for dealing with everyday challenges, including managing behaviors, improving muscle tone, developing social skills, selecting diets, and more. Part one explains the role of the occupational therapists in treatment and examines sensory integration theories. Part two offers methods of identifying sensory problems in children along with numerous strategies and activities.

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  • Spiral-bound: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Incorporated; 2nd edition (1 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565454
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 23.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an excellent resource book that clearly explains sensory systems and sensory integration and how to identify problems in this area for individuals with autism. There are checklists to help identify concerns, and it is full of practical suggestions for activities for specific difficulties, strategies for challenging behaviors, and adaptations in a variety of settings." --Geneva Centre for Autism "The how-to book on sensory integration that we have been wishing and waiting for." --Autism National Committee "Focusing on children diagnosed with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders, and who experience abnormal sensory processing and impaired motor planning, Building Bridges provides a practical resource for parents, educators, occupational therapists and other professionals. Hundreds of strategies and ready-to-use activities for sensory learning." --Parentbooks

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Ellen Yack, B.Sc., M.Ed., O.T., has practiced as an occupational therapist since 1979 and has a Masters Degree in Education. She currently is the Director of Ellen Yack and Associates Paediatric Occupational Therapy Services, a private agency providing occupational therapy services to children, adolescents and their families in Toronto and surrounding areas. Ellen is also the occupational therapy consultant at the Geneva Centre for Autism. Her areas of expertise include sensory integration, autism spectrum disorders, developmental coordination disorder and learning disabilities. Paula Aquilla, B.Sc., O.T., is an occupational therapist. She has worked with adults and children in clinical, educational, home, and community-based settings. She founded the Yes I Can! Integrated Nursery School, Yes I Can! Summer Camp, and the I Love My Baby Program in Toronto and was the director for six years. Paula was also the founding executive director of Giant Steps in Toronto, an innovative program of intensive therapies, academics, and support services for children with autism spectrum disorder. Shirley Sutton B.Sc., O.T., has worked with children and teens with special needs for over 25 years. She currently has a private practice in Collingwood and also works for Children's Therapy Services of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Early Intervention. In addition to being a well known presenter across Canada, Shirley is primarily a clinician, and currently consults for several Community Living Associations and the Achimota Centre for Children with Autism. Her special interests and training include developmental disorders (including autism), sensory integration, and early intervention.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Fron someone who has read LOADS on SPD and as an adult with SPD I would say that this is the best book I have read on the subject. I think SPD is the greatest obstacle for autistic children trying to access the world. EVery parent of an ASD kid should read this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For a younger child really 24 May 2014
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I would recommend this book for a younger child maybe 3/4 years old. It is very interesting a gives a good grounding in sensory processing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for Paed OT's 20 April 2014
By NellyC
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This is a good reference book for Occupational Therapist and anyone working with children with Autism or any sensory integration disorders.
Worth it's wait in gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas 16 Feb 2009
By Lizzie
On NAS reading list, lots of ideas well put together and accessible. Aimed at the younger child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great suggestions, Not just for autism 12 Jun 2007
By MomMeBec - Published on Amazon.com
As an occupational therapist, I love this book for the suggestions it provides to the very practical everyday difficulties parents face when their child has sensory integration issues. To me, the only downfall is that it refers to children with autism so much. I have used it with any child with sensory integration difficulties, but have had to create my own handouts based on the book to avoid offending parents whose children are clearly not autistic. It addresses things like brushing teeth, getting to and staying asleep, and problem behaviors like biting, hitting, and so much more.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand and practical 15 Sep 2007
By J. Stanfield - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an occupational therapist and have taken entire courses in sensory integration that were not as clear and helpful with ideas as this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review 12 May 2007
By avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book for any parent with an autistic child. Occupational therapist use this book them selves. The book gives good fundamental info on sensory issues and provides good strategies on how to help your child. Outstanding book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parent and Therapist Friendly Book 16 May 2010
By Nichole Kostoff - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has several great lists of activities for kids with sensory integration deficits. Its a book you don't have to read cover to cover. Search the Table of Contents to which area your child is having difficulty and just read that portion of the book. I wish they wouldn't have added "Autism and PDD" to their title... it scares some parents away. Because not only are these activities/ideas great for children with Autism, but most kids with sensory integration deficits.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge! 6 Feb 2010
By A. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has the answers teachers have been waiting for regarding sensory issues (behavior problems) and ways to deal with them. Though classroom teachers should remember to always consult with an occupational therapist before using any of the information contained in the book.
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