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Understanding Sensory Processing


Sensory processing is an important topic for anyone who loves and cares for a child from a hard place. Beacuse of their histories, children from hard places often experience altered brain development which impacts the way in which they process sensory data.

In this brief video, Dr. Karyn Purvis explains what sensory processing is and why an understanding of it is vital for adoptive and foster parents.

For more about sensory processing and how parents can effectively address sensory processing issues, consider the following resources:

A Sensory World: Making Sense of Sensory Disorders – DVD produced by the TCU Institute of Child Development. You can preview this video or purchase it online.

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Revised Edition – by Carol Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder – by Carol Karonwitz

Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration: Forms, Checklists, and Practical Tools for Teachers and Parents – by Koomar, Kranowitz, Szklut, Balzer-Martin, Haber and Sava

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