Tuesday, September 25, 2012

October is SENSORY AWARENESS MONTH, and We're Raising Awareness With BOOKS!

October is a very special month for my kids and I. Not only is it my daughter, Jordy's, birthday AND Halloween, it is also Sensory Awareness Month.

As many of you know, two of my children have ASD issues and SPD. I've done my best over the years to help educate others about SPD, how it affects my children as well as how they relate in the world and to the people in their world. SPD is only a part of who my children are but it is a BIG part, and others have to understand it in order to understand each of them. And this year, I'd like to do something extra.

I've written four books that touch on SPD or focus on it:

1) I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD: This award-winning picture book is the first book I ever wrote. It's the story of little four-year old Alexandra (Jaimie's middle name!) and how she learned to cope with SPD in our sensory rich world. The book has activity suggestions for teachers to explore the senses, and teach peers to learn about this confusing disorder. As well, there is an excerpt from an interview I did last year with the amazing Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.

2) Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey With SPD: My award-winning memoir about the first five years of Jaimie's life. I talked about how I knew something was going on with her and it outlines my struggle to finding her the right treatment. It wasn't an easy journey, but it gives you a real inside view of what families like ours are going through every single day.

3) Out Of Sync: This suspense novella's main character lives with SPD. Although the focus of the story isn't totally on her sensory issues, the subject is touched on and Cheyenne shows different coping methods adults with SPD can practice when under stress.

4) Dark Water: In this YA suspense/paranormal, the main character, Freesia Worth's, younger sister (Sage) has a more severe form of SPD and dyspraxia. This book shows how whole family's are affected by a child's sensory needs and how each person has a special role to play in helping that child. (Again, the focus isn't entirely on SPD, but it's touched on throughout the story.)

Each week in October, I'll be shining the spotlight on each of these books--giving details, explaining how the story came to be, highlights from the story, etc.--and at the end of each week, you'll have the chance to win a copy of the book!

I'm very excited about this, and hope you can join me. Feel free to share this with anyone you think would be interested. So, please come back on October 1st when we'll be featuring I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD. Please help me make October a 'SENSATIONAL' month!

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