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Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration, 3rd Edition
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Letter to the Reader
  • What Is in This Book?
  • PART 1: What is ASD and Occupational Therapy?
  • What is Sensory Integration?
  • What Are the Sensory Systems?
  • PART 2: Identifying Problems with Sensory Integration
  • Strategies for Challenging Behaviors
  • Ideas for Self-Care Skills
  • Adapting Home, School and Childcare Settings
  • Activity Suggestions
  • Equipment and Resources
  • References
  • About the Authors
  • Index

About the Author

Paula Aquilla loves the practice of Occupational Therapy and Osteopathy! She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has practiced in a variety of clinical, home and community settings since 1986. Paula is also an osteopathic manual practitioner and specializes in paediatrics. She is the director of Aquilla Occupational Therapy; a family oriented practice that is full of fun and learning! Paula was the founder and was the director of Yes I Can! Nursery School, Yes I Can! Summer camps and the I Love My Baby programs in Toronto from 1990-1996. She was the founding director of Giant Steps, Toronto. Paula currently consults to the Muki Baum Treatment Centres in Toronto and she consults to many school in Toronto. She teaches throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK, and India. Her practice encompasses all types of children and young adults and her specialty is sensory integration therapy. Paula has been a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Humber College. She is published in the field: she is a co-author of Building Bridges through Sensory Integration: Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disorders (1998) and is a contributor to Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger's Syndrome. Paula has contributed to other magazines and special interest newsletters in Canada, the US and the UK. She is the technical editor for the SI Focus Magazine. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families. Aquilla Occupational Therapy Services was established in 1990. Ellen Yack M.Ed., B.Sc.OT, OT Reg.(Ont.) is an occupational therapist who possesses a unique combination of expertise in the areas of clinical work, consultation, education and public speaking. Ellen has practiced as an occupational therapist since 1979 and has a Masters Degree in Education. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. Ellen's other areas of expertise include developmental coordination disorder, global developmental delay, attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities. She is one of the co-authors of Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Occupational Therapy for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders which won a Teachers Choice Award for Best Special Education Classroom Resource. Ellen is also a contributor to the book Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome. Shirley Sutton (BSc, OT Reg(Ont)) is a private occupational therapist helping children and youth with long and short term developmental disabilities, and adults with developmental disabilities. She also offers in-services and workshops on a variety of topics related to play, behavior, gross and fine motor development, and sensory integration. Registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists, The American Association of Occupational Therapists, and Autism Ontario. As a music, movement and drama teacher for 25 years (1976-2001), Carol observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration ("SI") theory. She learned to help identify her young students' needs and to steer them into early intervention. In writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out - and provides fun and functional techniques for addressing them at home and school. She is best-known for her book, The Out-of-Sync Child, which has sold more than 600,000 copies (September 2013).Over 400 sponsors have brought Carol to their communities for presentations, both in the United States and abroad -- including Australia, Canada, England, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and Singapore. (Click http: //out-of-sync.child.com/about-carol/sponsors-of-carols-presentations/if you are curious.)To help families, teachers, and professionals understand SPD in children, she has authored several books, manuals and other publications.

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"This is an excellent resource book that clearly explains sensory systems and sensory integration and how to identify problems in this area for individuals with autism. There are checklists to help identify concerns, and it is full of practical suggestions for activities for specific difficulties, strategies for challenging behaviors, and adaptations in a variety of settings." --Geneva Centre for Autism
"The how-to book on sensory integration that we have been wishing and waiting for." --Autism National Committee
Each time I open my copy of Building Bridges through Sensory Integration to reread, say, a suggestion for teaching a child with poor self-regulation, a definition of occupational therapy, or strategies for sitting in a circle, I thank Paula, Ellen, and Shirley for writing this classic. The book is "just right" (as Dr. Ayres would say) because it has almost everything a parent, teacher, or professional needs to know about supporting children with sensory issues. Now that the book has been updated and reorganized, there is even more to applaud.Thank you, Paula, Ellen, and Shirley, for putting your heads together to produce this wonderful, necessary book. This revised version is the best yet! -- from the foreword by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA

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