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Arthur and Carly Fleischmann

Carly’s Voice 

In Carly's Voice, her father, Arthur Fleischmann, blends Carly's own words with his story of getting

to know his remarkable daughter. One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of

living with autism, it brings listeners inside a once-secret world in the company of an inspiring

young woman who has found her voice and her mission.

Doreit Bialer and Lucy Jane Miller

No Longer a Secret

This invaluable resource by Dr Lucy Jane Miller and Doreit Bialer helps teach cost effective,

functional, on the spot tips to use for children with sensory issues at home, at school, or in a

community setting. Any parent, teacher, or therapist can use this book and help a child with

sensory or motor issues!

Jacqueline Wilson

Meet the Beaker Kids

A social-emotional comic book that helps

children learn to identify and regulate stimulation in their lives. It's helpful for

families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, overexcitabilities, autistic children

and anyone who could use a little support emotionally regulating!

A good resource for educators interested in understanding and supporting

the neurodiverse.

The Beaker Kids Laboratory

The how-to guide for The Beaker Kids.

​​Filled with "field guide" fact sheets, lesson plans and games, the Lab Manual is your essential reference tool for identifying                     and helping the Beakers in your life. Includes reproducible classroom art and worksheets.

Bryan Christopher Duggan and Ahmed Fahmy

Condor Trek Kids: Storyland Yoga

Condor Trek Kids is the book version of the national award-winning Storyland Yoga video.

It is a fun-filled adventure that teaches kids easy yoga poses, while infusing

them with eco-conscious messages. The book engages a child's imagination through storytelling,

while they learn beginner yoga poses by becoming part of the story and imitating animals.

Yoga for kids is great exercise and helps calm children and give them greater focus and increased

clarity. It is equally fun for parents and family members who can benefit from yoga, by joining in

yoga for beginners and enjoy ‘organic time’ with children. Condor Trek Kids makes the perfect

bedtime story to calm your child or they can read it aloud to you. The curriculum-based book is

written to the Common Core Standard for English Language Arts (Grades 1, 2), and includes physical education and life science.

Tara Losquadro Liddle 

Why Motor Skills Matter

Tara's book has been around for over a decade &, while this is the updated 2nd edition, the

original core message is as important as ever. Due to busy lifestyles, technology, and many

other societal aspects, children today develop under a completely different set of

circumstances compared to the children of previous generations. Today, when children are

moving less than ever, but the purpose of ideal development remains unchanged, this book

is more relevant than ever before! Having a Baby Shower? You're getting this book from me! 

Melvin Kaplan 

Seeing Through New Eyes: Changing the Lives of Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and

Other Developmental Disabilities Through Vision Therapy 

Seeing Through New Eyes offers an accessible introduction to the treatment of visual dysfunction,

a significant but neglected problem associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other

developmental disabilities.

Dr. Kaplan identifies common ASD symptoms such as hand-flapping, poor eye contact and tantrums

as typical responses to the confusion caused by vision disorder. He also explains the effects of

difficulties that people with autism experience with "ambient vision", including a lack of spatial

awareness and trouble with coordination. Other chapters give guidance on how to identify the

visual deficits of nonverbal children, select prism lenses that will alter the visual field, and create

individually tailored programs of therapy in order to retrain the system.

This book is essential reading for parents of children with ASDs, and professionals in the fields of autism,                                                       optometry and ophthalmology, psychology and education.

Aubrey Lande, Bob Wiz and Lois Hickman 

Songames for Sensory Processing: 25 Therapist Created Musical Activities for Improving

Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Muscle Strength, and Rhythmicity

Fun and engaging for kids ages 3-8, Songames are musical activities for improving fine-

and gross-motor skills, muscle strength, and rhythmicity. These 25 therapist-created

Songames offer a world of developmental play activities. Plus, the 53-page companion

booklet explains how to use music to enhance specific skills, provides a comprehensive

list of resources, and triples the number of therapeutic ways to use the games!                                                                                           Includes a 2 disc CD set.

Robert Melillo 

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD,

Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders

Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children-one out of every six-are diagnosed with autism,

Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Robert Melillo brings

a fundamentally new understanding to the cause of these conditions with his revolutionary Brain

Balance Program(tm). It has achieved real, fully documented results that have dramatically improved

the quality of life for children and their families in every aspect: behavioral, emotional, academic,

and social.

Doris A. Fuller and Lucy Jane Miller

Sensational kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

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. Now in its fourteenth printing, with more than 50,000 copies sold in all formats, it is an

authoritative and practical guide to understanding and treating this little-understood condition.

Daniel Tammet

Born on a blue day, inside the extraordinary mind of an Autistic Savant 

One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 living savants, those autistic individuals who can

perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats. (Think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.) Until

now, none of them has been able to discuss his or her thought processes, much less write a book. Daniel

Tammet is the first.

Tammet's problems were apparent from childhood. He was shunned by his classmates and often resorted

to rocking and humming quietly. Yet he could memorize almost anything, and his math and language skills

were astonishing. By high school, Daniel was diagnosed as autistic, and he began to discover his own

superhuman abilities: calculating huge sums in his head in seconds, learning new languages in one week,

and memorizing more than 22,000 digits of pi. With heart-melting simplicity and astonishing self-awareness,

Born on a Blue Day tells Daniel's story: from his childhood frustrations to adult triumphs, while explaining how his mind works.                 He thinks in pictures. He sees numbers as complex shapes: 37 is lumpy like porridge; 89 reminds him of falling snow.                                 Today, Daniel has emerged as one of the world's most fascinating minds and inspiring stories. His brain has amazed scientists for years, and everyone will be moved by his remarkable life story.


A Parent's Guide To Pediatric Toe Walking

By Liesa M. Persaud PT,DPT,PCS,CKTP

A child’s balance strategies are much less likely to respond to therapy after the age of three. The internet (and many clinicians) mostly have knowledge that applies to toe walkers of a couple of generations ago, and is not applicable to the toe walkers of today.                 What are some red flags? Is my child really toe walking? What can I do it I have concerns?

What it Means When Your Toddler is Toe-Walking

By Raina Delisle 

Growth spurts and sensory problems are two possible reasons for your toddler walking on their toes.                                                       Here’s what you need to know about your toe walker.

The Flip Side of ‘Back to Sleep’ 

By Phil Stevens MEd, CPO

It's a story that many in our profession have related to on multiple occasions. In 1992, a task force from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) studied the relationship between Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the prone sleeping position, ultimately concluding "that healthy infants, when being put down for sleep, be positioned on their side or back."                                                   Thus was the beginning of the "Back to Sleep" awareness campaign.


The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is a registered 5013, nonprofit organization dedicated to research in 1979, education and advocacy for sensory processing disorder. The Foundation was founded in 1979 by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller who serves as the Foundation's Executive Director.

Sensory Processing Disorder; the new name for Sensory Integration Dysfunction!

Here you will find valuable articles, tips, and resources for identifying Sensory Processing Disorder.

 We work with healthcare providers who are on the front lines of helping kids stay happy and healthy. Our courses help health care providers take action early instead of waiting to see. Although our checklists may be designed for parents, they help increase communication between parents and healthcare providers and catch any possible delays earlier.

Making yoga and mindfulness fun for kids since 2012. Free adventures on YouTube. Online kids yoga teacher training. Kids yoga DVDs. Kids yoga class plans.

Improving lives by advancing excellence in optometric vision therapy and rehabilitation through education and board certification​. Whether you are a parent, potential patient, educator, or a healthcare professional looking for information on vision therapy, COVD is please to provide you with the information you need.

The symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are wide-ranging, but the solutions -Irlen colored overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters (worn as either glasses or contacts) – are straightforward and available to you. Irlen addresses the underlying perceptual processing difficulties and light sensitivity that can contribute to reading difficulties, headaches, and attention difficulties. Irlen also can play a role in the challenges experienced by many individuals who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, autism, concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injury,        r who have a misdiagnosis of ADHD.

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