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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. Helpful topics include:
... What is occupational therapy?
... What is sensory integration?
... What are the sensory systems?
... Identifying Problems with Sensory Integration Strategies for Challenging Behaviors Ideas for Self Care Skills Adapting Home, School, and Child Care Settings.
"The how-to book on sensory integration that we have been wishing and waiting for." --Autism National Committee
"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
Paula Aquilla loves the practice of occupational therapy and osteopathy! She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has practiced in a variety of clinical, home and community settings since 1986. Paula is also an osteopathic manual practitioner and specializes in paediatrics. Her practice encompasses all types of children and young adults and her specialty is sensory integration therapy. She has been a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Humber College. and is the technical editor for SI Focus Magazine.
Ellen Yack M.Ed., B.Sc.OT, OT Reg.(Ont.) is an occupational therapist who possesses a unique combination of expertise in the areas of clinical work, consultation, education and public speaking. Ellen has practiced as an occupational therapist since 1979 and has a Masters Degree in Education. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. Ellen's other areas of expertise include developmental coordination disorder, global developmental delay, attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities.
Shirley Sutton (BSc, OT Reg(Ont)) is a private occupational therapist helping children and youth with long and short term developmental disabilities, and adults with developmental disabilities. She also offers in-services and workshops on a variety of topics related to play, behavior, gross and fine motor development, and sensory integration. Registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists, The American Association of Occupational Therapists, and Autism Ontario.
As a music, movement and drama teacher for 25 years (1976-2001), Carol Kranowitz observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration ("SI") theory. She learned to help identify her young students' needs and to steer them into early intervention. In writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out -- and provides fun and functional techniques for addressing them at home and school. She is best-known for her book, The Out-of-Sync Child, which has sold more than 600,000 copies.
312 pages. 2015
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