Today's post is my first official book review. I'm also thrilled to be able to give away a signed copy of This is Gabriel Making Sense of School to one lucky reader! To enter to win the book, please leave a comment at the end of this post!
Author Hartley Steiner has three quirky boys, including one with significant Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Hartley writes the blog Hartley's Life with 3 Boys, and in her spare time she leaves funny comments on my blog. You can also follow Hartley on Twitter and Facebook.
She also wrote the book This is Gabriel Making Sense of School: A Book About Sensory Processing Disorder, which she kindly shared with me.
This was a great book for our family. All four of our children have sensory processing issues, and my own auditory processing problems are so bad that I kind of need a 504 Plan. My 504 Plan includes hiding in the bathroom with the exhaust fan on to block out some of the noise of my family.
Here's the thing: even though I got a free copy, this book is so great that I'm going to go ahead and buy a few more copies to give to Little Dude's school. Although it is written for kids, this book does an excellent job of explaining Sensory Processing Disorder in a very relatable way. A way that might help our school staff understand my quirky kids.
I might even buy an extra copy to
The book also specifically explains how the school cafeteria can be super-overwhelming to children with SPD. Perhaps I shall highlight this section for
I read This is Gabriel Making Sense of School aloud to my children. We stopped after reading each page to talk about the ways we all experience some of the same things that Gabriel experiences, and to answer questions. I needed to explain in more detail some of the terms used in the book for my four- and six-year-olds, but my nine-year-olds got it right away. Some of Gabriel's quirks were so immediately relateable to Little Dude (like not being able to stand tags in shirts), that he would excitedly interrupt with, "that's just like me!"
Both of my nine-year-olds asked to read the book again on their own.
I can't recommend this book highly enough for families dealing with Sensory Processing Disorder. I think it would also be a great read for any child who feels like an outsider, who has a 504 Plan, or who simply wants to have a greater understanding of the many ways we're all differently awesome. Little Dude was so happy and excited to read about another boy who was just like him. When your child is a JEDI, there are not a lot of books about kids like them. Finding one is a treasure.