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I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Alexandra's Journey (2nd Edition) (Growing with Love) [Paperback]

Chynna T. Laird

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8 May 2012 1615991581 978-1615991587 2
Through Understanding Comes Respect and Love
This book was inspired by the author's daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. It was written to validate Jaimie's feelings and to show her other children feel things the way she does. This book can help children with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers understand what children with SPD go through; and also help therapists, teachers and/or counselors learn how to talk about it. Helping others learn about children with special needs brings understanding to them and help to make them seem less... different.

New 2nd edition includes suggested activities teachers or caregivers can do with children to help develop a deeper understanding of how SPD "feels" plus new pages on vestibular and proprioception systems.

Praise for I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD:
"This book is a must-read for any parent who has a child suffering with Sensory Processing Disorder. It also helps your child put words to what they are feeling on a daily basis. Teachers and other professionals working with children who have SPD also come to a better understanding of how to help these children."
--Tanya Wilson

"A heart-touching book, written in a straightforward, kid-friendly manner that provides an excellent insight to the trials, frustrations, and new discoveries children with SPD and their families may encounter. This book has assisted in creating an appreciation and acceptance of the unique qualities within all of us, and that we are not 'weird'-we are 'wonderful'!"
--Lillian Baulkham, Grade 3 teacher, Sweet Grass School, Edmonton, Alberta

"When I read Chynna Laird's I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD, I almost cried. Not because the story of a child struggling with severe sensory disorder is so sad, but because the frustration shared by child and family alike before diagnosis is so heart-wrenching. Ms. Laird leaves the reader with a moment of with a moment of joy and a real hope for a brighter tomorrow!"
--C. Hall

Learn more at www.LilyWolfWords.ca
From the Growing With Love Series from Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Special Needs
Education : Special Education - Communicative Disorders

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Product details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 2 edition (8 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615991581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615991587
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.6 x 0.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

CHYNNA LAIRD - is a freelance writer and multi award-winning author. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with her four precious bubs: Three girls Jaimie (nine), Jordy (seven), Sophie (four), and her little man Xander (five). With two children with SPD and Spectrum Disorders, her passion is helping other children and families living with SPD and other special needs.

She's authored a children's picture book, two memoirs, a Young Adult novella, a YA paranormal/suspense novel and an adult Suspense/Thriller.

Her life motto is: "Telling me I can't do something, only makes me work harder to prove you wrong."

Learn more about Chynna and her work on her blogs:

Website: www.chynna-laird-author.com
Main blog: www.the-gift-blog.com
Special needs blog: www.seethewhiteelephants.com


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars helping children to understand sensory processing issues 17 Jan 2014
By Wayne S. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Do you have any idea what Sensory Processing Disorder is and how it affects people who have it? Alexandra is a young girl who has a problem. Noises, even whispers, hurt her ears. Smells bother her nose, and her food doesn’t taste good. Lights in stores bother her eyes. Things feel bad on her skin. As a result she often screams to block out these frightening things. Sometimes she also spins around or squeezes into tight places. Some people think that she’s weird. What is causing Alexandra’s problems, and what can she and her parents do about them?

An Occupational Therapist tells Mama and Daddy that Alexandra has Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD for short. Her brain doesn’t process things the same way that everyone else’s brain does. When she smells something or someone touches her, her brain gets the message but doesn’t understand how to read it. Her brain jumbles up the messages that it receives and gets confused. So she gets scared and screams. They also learn techniques that will help Alexandra to cope with her disorder. When I was on the board of the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo, one of the frequent requests we received was to choose special needs speakers who would help homeschooling parents deal with sensory processing issues in their children.

I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD was inspired by author Chynna Laird’s daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. The book, for which Kindle and ePub editions are also available, was written to show those with SPD that there are other children who feel things the way they do. It can help youngsters with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers understand what children with SPD go through; and also help therapists, teachers, and/or counselors learn how to talk about it. The new 2nd edition includes some suggested activities which teachers or caregivers can do with children to help develop a deeper understanding of how SPD "feels" plus an interview with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, director of the STAR Center at Denver, CO, and a recognized expert in the field. Alexandra learns that she’s not weird—she just has Sensory Processing Disorder.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into SPD 8 Nov 2013
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was a bit surprised at how much text is on each page. Reading it cover to cover to a child will require a long attention span. However, it's a book that I found informative as an adult but that has language and illustrations that make it suitable for a child. I would love to see this book in classrooms, daycares, and libraries for all children to have access to. I think it can provide a lot of comfort to children with SPD - to help them to see that they AREN'T weird. For children without it, it can help them understand their peers with SPD and just make them more empathetic overall. A great book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Imformative and Helpful 9 Aug 2012
By Busymommylist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I personally have never heard of Sensory Processing Disorder before I read this book. I have heard of many illnesses and disorders that affect children and their families in so many ways, and it is always just so sad. Especially when the baby or child, can't really communicate about their feelings with their parents. I often wonder how horrible that would feel, and wish nothing but the best for these families.
One thing I found out is that SPD is a little similar to what I have, which is RSD, and in some ways, we have some of the same issues with touch. (RSD affects your nervous system and is also known as chronic regional pain syndrome) So, I felt very sad for this little girl because I do know how it feels to have pain and how it feels when hugs and touch actually hurt.
I wish more books like this would be written for all the different things that our children have to deal with, maybe if they were kept in classrooms and libraries, and more people were aware of these disorders, the ignorance and making fun, and misunderstandings would stop. This goes for adults just as much as children.
This book was written very well, and the pictures are adorable. This cute little girl and all of her struggles and story have touched our hearts and i am sure will touch many more.
This would be an excellent book for any child, of any age, who also suffers from SPD, as well as any family who has a child or friend or relative who has this. Education is the key with things like this and the more people who become aware, the better we become as people and as a society.
There are many children who could use this book as a way to help them explain how they feel, how things hurt, and how things look to them. The most important part for these kids I would believe is for people to understand and listen to them, rather then think they are so "weird". I think this book should be at every doctors office and hospital. That way, when a family finds out what is happening with their children, the doctor can hand them this book as a reference and it will be the stepping stone for the healing process. My granddaughter was recently diagnosed with Downs, and when my daughter had her at her new doctors office, they handed her a book all about Downs, written by a boy who had Downs, and this has been a tremendous help for all of us! I hope this book becomes well known amongst the medical community for that reason.
I would also recommend this book to people who work with kids, around kids, have kids, maybe this will also help children accept and ask questions and learn, rather then make children who are a little "different", feel "weird"

** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 4 Aug 2012
By Shauna Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Book: I'm Not Weird, I have SPD

Author: Chynna Laird

Juvenile Fiction: Social Issues - Special Needs

I found this book to be very informative in a very easy to read format, geared toward a child. This book explains the details about SPD and how it can affect your child's life and their social abilities. I'm Not Weird I have SPD was inspired by the author's child Jaimie and her struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder.

The book is great to read to your child, if they are suffering from SPD, it can help them learn how to put words to their feelings. One of the problems with SPD is that the kids do not know how to express how they are feeling, how it feels for someone to touch them or a certain material to touch their skin. They do not feel, hear or smell things the way others do and they need help to understand how to explain how scary things can be for them.

In the back of this book you will find some `sensational activities' to help other children understand, along with lots of other helpful information for parents of children with SPD.

I highly recommend this book to any parent of a child suffering from SPD. I also recommend Loving healing [dot]com for many books on healing and different disorders.

Thanks Shauna
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a child with SPD- this is the book for you! 21 Mar 2014
By Dawn Ze Mamma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book REALLY helps the child to discuss their SPD and a who new level so that others in their live can understand without being too invasive. This, by far, is the best children's book on PSD out there. A must have for your shelf.
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