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Squirmy Wormy [Paperback]

Lynda Farrington Wilson
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Book Description

30 May 2010
Squirmy Wormy is a wonderful little children's book about a boy named Tyler, who has autism and SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). Together with Tyler, the reader learns about SPD, and what everyday easy therapys he can do by himself feel better. For instance: ""I feel like running really fast, run run run! Maybe I just need a s-q-u-e-e-z-e between the couch cushions like a hot dog. Whew! I feel better."" Endorsed by Dr. Temple Grandin, this book is sure to help many children, who perhaps previously did not even know they had SPD, lead calmer, richer lives.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons (30 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935567187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935567189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 18 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Squirmy Wormy is a cute and funny picture book that will help elementary school children understand sensory problems.Temple Grandin, Ph.D. author of The Way I See It and Thinking in Pictures.

About the Author

Right brain, left brain. Creative, strategic. Yin, yang. Lynda Farrington Wilson has 25 years of experience that spans copywriting and design for advertising, promotional media and publicity, and creative account management for national and international clientele, a tenured Marketing Vice President. Steadfast in a new direction, she is relishing in a career as a writer, children's book author, illustrator and potter... accepting projects that challenge and inspire. She is certified in the Affect-Based Language Curriculum, and has created "ArtFriends," a unique social skills class model providing sensory and social experiences through the arts. Lynda and her husband have three sons, the youngest a funny, brilliant, sensory-seeker with high functioning autism. He along with his equally brilliant older brothers has provided the impetus to write and illustrate her new book, "Squirmy-Wormy, "and given her the inspiration and joy to advocate on behalf of autism awareness including its challenges, and its blessings.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Helpful to parents and their kids on the autistic spectrum, or sensory problems.
A great book to explain your child's sensory problems to your child/and her/his brothers and sisters. Its a short book but full of explanations. short and sweet.
Its fun, repetitive, with rhythm and rhyme which make it a good and engaging read-out-loud book. It has charming illustrations. No big terminology but enlightening for professionals, particularly those who are teaching self-management and understanding.

It is short on text but big on explanation. What it does is help kids to help themselves. eg:For example; one page reads, "Sometimes I just get upset and confused and I just don't know what else to do but scream or cry" but I just close my eyes, take a deep breath and think of something that makes me happy."

Very clever and useful.

Also see:
The Incredible 5-point Scale: Assisting Children with ASDs in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses (Paperback)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough of a story 8 May 2014
By Alli
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Suitable for age 4/5. Did not flow as I thought it would & did not engage my 3 year old grandson who loves books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book , relevant easy to read 16 Feb 2014
By Susan
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This will be a very useful book to use with children who have sensory issues. Its written in a clear and direct way which will enable children and their carers to connect and recognise their sensory issues and provide them with self help strategies.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squirmy Wormy - A picture book aimed at developing self-management skills for children with with Autism 3 Mar 2010
By Gavin Bollard - Published on Amazon.com
It's not often that I see a book which sits so comfortably across several age groups and brings useful and different information to each. Squirmy Wormy is such a book.

Squirmy Wormy is, at first glance, a picture book which deals with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.

The "story" itself is a mere 18 pages, so it's a quick and easy read but don't let that deceive you. Beneath its storybook exterior, Squirmy Wormy provides a wealth of explanations and tips. It's a book that you and your children will be going back to, time and time again.

Suitability for Young Readers
Young readers will find Squirmy Wormy easy to read because there's only about five lines of new text on each page plus a little repetition of sound-words. None of the words are particularly difficult, making it a great book for good-reading children as young as kindergarten.

If your child is a slower reader, the book is still good reading at grades three and four. It's also a great book for reading aloud. In fact, it's the sound words like "flappy, flappy, pinchy, pinchy, hit, hit, hit" which make it a particular joy to read to an audience.

A Book with a Difference
What makes Squirmy Wormy so different from your average picture book though is that apart from having a generally non-linear story from which you can simply read one or two relevant pages without having to re-read the entire story, it offers a great deal of advice for parents but more importantly, for children.

One of the main aims of this book is to encourage children to help themselves.

Taking a child's point of view, it's easy to see the advice for given situations.

For example; one page reads,

"Sometimes I just get upset and confused and I just don't know what else to do but scream or cry"

The advice follows on quickly;

"But I just close my eyes, take a deep breath and think of something that makes me happy."

There's also a reassurance of normality;

"It's okay when I feel upset. I will feel better soon."

It's great that the book provides reassurance because all children, particularly those on the spectrum, really need constant reassurance. They need to know that they're okay and that other people experience the same sorts of feelings and frustrations that they do.

The advice is great too. Sometimes it's directed at parents and sometimes at the children. It's always understandable and it's always achievable. Sometimes the advice suggests breaks for the child and sometimes it provides interesting ideas for parents to implement. Best of all, a child who is reading the book may begin to implement or recommend their own therapy for a given problem.

The illustrations in the book are all bright and colourful. I was amazed to find that Lynda did these as well. They're very easy for children to relate to and there's a lot of detail in them. My children had great fun pointing out various bits and pieces and there's a unique textured look to them which makes them even more attractive for those on the spectrum with a fascination for patterns.

I read the book aloud to both of my children and they stayed attentive throughout. Best of all, it provided me with some great ideas and opened some enlightening discussion topics with them. It was interesting to be able to point to pages and ask them, "do you feel like that?".

I'd recommend this book to all parents of children on the autism spectrum, with SPD or even with non-autistic conditions such as learning difficulties and ADHD. There are a lot great ideas in it which are suitable for a much broader range of children.

Professionals working with special needs children really need to get a copy of this book too. It's one big step on the road to self-management.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fits any special needs child 28 Mar 2011
By Sandra K. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was suggested by another parent of special needs children but I have found it to be extremely helpful in understanding our child. Our child is a product of meth and therefore is unique and cannot fit into a box. Squirmy Wormy explains how she feels and why. My child is exhibiting alot of the sensory deficits explained in this book and the book makes it sound so simple. Thank you for a great book for parents and educators as well.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for the whole family! 3 Mar 2011
By linlov15 - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't believe what I read! It helped me understand my son's sensory disorder better and when he's a little older it will be his guide! My daughter will be able to understand what brother is going through when she's older and my husband loved it too! It's a must-have for any parent or relative. An absolutely, positively AWESOME book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great explanation for my Children! 23 Oct 2012
By Concerned Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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My youngest son who is 2 years old was dignosed with Sensory Intergration Disorder. I bought the Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself on a reccomendation of his Infant Development Specialist who stated that would help me to explan my son's condition to my older children and other family members. Let me just say this was a great buy for us! I am better able to assist my son with his Sensory Intergration Disorder and my older children have a better sense as to what is going on as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps "squirmy" children focus ! 3 Jun 2013
By Small World - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book ! Although too long and wordy for young age group of 4 year olds. Tried with Kindergarten class. Much better !
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