This is a children's picture book told in the voice of four-year old Alexandra who has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Alexandra describes, in her own words, how it feels to have SPD: how she hears things, how she smells things even how things feel on her skin. She tells readers how frustrating it was for her to try to explain to other people she wasn't trying to be difficult or naughty, she was trying to communicate.
She shows us all the things she did to help her learn to cope in a world she finds so terrifying at times and how she helps others understand her better. In the end she tells everyone, "I'm not weird, I'm Alexandra and I have SPD."
Alexandra's words are brought to life with gorgeous, vivid color. In this newly revised edition, the bright new cover represents the story so much better. There are several new illustrations as well as snippets from an interview Chynna had done with the incredible Dr. Lucy Jane Miller during Sensory Awareness month in 2011.
The book can be used as resource/reference tool for parents of children with SPD; to help children with SPD learn to express how they feel in words; to also help children with SPD educate others about their disorder; and to help counselors, teachers or anyone else who comes in contact with these children understand them a little better.
After all, these children get help to learn how to cope in our world. We can at least learn how to communicate with them too. As I always say: Through understanding comes respect; and that's very powerful.
AWARDS, KUDOS, REVIEWS AND MORE GOOD STUFF
**This phenomenal book received the nod of Award-Winning Finalist in the Children's Picture Book Softcover Non-Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Congratulations, Chynna!
**The book was given smashing reviews in both Exceptional Parent and Abilities magazines!! Please contact me if you'd like copies of these reviews.**
**Our book has been recommended on ParentWords.com!! (Thank you JulieL!!)
**We've been recommended on Squidoo by a wonderful writer on Associated Content (Thanks SO MUCH Islandermom)
**Check out this awesome review from an Elementary school library in Millet. Thanks so much!
**Read what people are saying about the book on Amazon.com
**I entered the book in Writer's Digest's 16th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards. We didn't win (awwww...) BUT the judge gave a FANTASTIC and heart-warming review. It scored 5/5 on both "Structure and Organization" as well as "Grammar". We only scored a 3/5 on the cover design. The Judge commented that, "The reader wishes the cover would give a hint of what the story is about...a little girl who has SPD." The idea of the cover was to show how good she felt in the end but I see the Judge's point.
Even though we didn't win the contest, I consider this to be a tremendous honor and I'm so grateful to the judges who read it. (Thank you so very much to whomever you were!!!)
Here are the other comments (If you'd like to see the actual comments and Certificate of Publication, please email me and I'll send you a copy):
What did you like best about this book? "The reader foun it difficult to pick one passage or even series of vignettes that he liked best. The reader was hooked on the very first page. Even if a reader is not a parent, one can share the happiness of the two standing there, holding their precious little girl. The reader felt heartfelt sympathy for the family when the little girl found even herf father's voice painful. The reader began learning, as he turned the page, what SID meant no only to the child that has it, but also her parents. The reader understood why some children with SID scream and, even get sick."
How can the author improve this book? "The reader cannot find anything the author should change in this book. It is perfect just the way it is. SID is a special need that few people know about. This book should be anywhere a parent and/or child would see it: classrooms, doctor's office, libraries. The reader thought the author captured the frustration of both Alexandra and her family without resorting to pathos. For example, the author reminded the reader that SID isn't confined to home with a vignette at the park. Other children making fun of Alexandra because she acts differently is another consequence of some children having SID. The author offered a sympathetic and informative look at SID that could be understood by children."
**The book is listed on USA Book News. We entered it in their big contest...we were very excited to have it listed where everyone can see it. YAY! Wish us luck!
**Here's a wonderful interview Chynna did with Tiffani Lawton for the fantastic special needs resource, "Our Journey With Autism". Chynna is talking about "I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD". Thanks, Tiffani, for a great interview!
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