About Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Updated and Expanded 3rd Edition of Raising a Sensory Smart Child

By Lindsey Biel, OTR/L and Nancy Peske, with a foreword by Dr. Temple Grandin

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Raising A Sensory Smart Child is the award-winning, definitive handbook for dealing with sensory processing challenges, providing you with invaluable insights, practical tips, real-life strategies and resources−whether you are helping a baby, young child, teenager, adult child or yourself.

Coauthored by a pediatric occupational therapist (OT) and the mother of a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD), the newly updated and expanded edition of Raising A Sensory Smart Child is more valuable than ever, including:

iParenting Media Award Winner

In all, the new edition of Raising a Sensory Smart Child is the single most important book for anyone who parents, teaches, works with, or simply cares about a child with sensory issues.

Praise for Raising a Sensory Smart Child

National Parenting Publications Gold Award Winner

“At last, here are the insights and answers parents have been searching for.”

−Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures

“A comprehensive, informative, and practical book for parents. The authors explain sensory integration in a way that parents can understand. They provide very practical, hands-on examples for helping the child at home, in school, and in other settings. This is a must read for all parents who have children with sensory integration issues.”

−Larry B. Silver, M.D., author of The Misunderstood Child

“This revision of the classic Raising a Sensory Smart Child gets a 10. No, it gets an 11! It covers everything you need and want to know about SPD. The information is deep and wide, the case stories are alive, the practical tips are novel and fun, and the resources are up to the minute. Lindsey and Nancy’s compassion and wisdom, coming from their experiences as an OT and the mother of a son with SPD, will help you become a sensory‐smart parent, too.”

—Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out‐of‐Sync Child and The Out‐of‐Sync Child Grows Up

“Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske have done it again! They demystify the vast array of sensory processing challenges that are too often overlooked, yet critical to functioning in the world. With down to earth explanations and practical strategies, the authors offer a thoughtful, comprehensive resource to parents and educators on how to manage sensory issues.”

—Jed Baker, PhD, Director of The Social Skills Training Project

“With new material on sensory issues and technology, current research, and the newly recognized interoception, the authors bring their award‐winning resource to new heights. With the latest easy to implement, effective self‐regulatory strategies, this is a must‐have for anyone wishing to know more… about sensory issues. While this book would have been helpful when I was a child on the autism spectrum needing to regulate my sensory system, I am grateful to have it as an adult.”

—Stephen M. Shore, EdD, author of Beyond the Wall and coauthor of Understanding Autism For Dummies

About the Authors

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Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L (left) is an occupational therapist based in New York City, where she evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and young adults with sensory processing issues, developmental delays, autism, physical disabilities, and other challenges.

Lindsey specializes in building fine and gross motor, visual processing, self-help, and sensory processing skills to promote optimal engagement and independence. She also helps families, schools, museums, libraries and other community facilities with simple modifications and accommodations to enhance a person’s ability to learn, play, and thrive.

Lindsey received her training at New York University and has worked in both the New York City of Department of Education and the New York State Early Intervention system.She is also the author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens published by W.W. Norton Mental Health. She has written numerous articles and book chapters for professional and parenting publications, has been featured on multiple podcasts and radio talk shows, and is the co-creator of the Sensory Processing Master Class DVD program with Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide. She conducts workshops for school staff, parents, and professionals across the country.

You can email Lindsey at Lindsey@sensorysmarts.com

Nancy Peske (right) is a freelance writer, editor, and book publishing consultant, and the co-author of the Cinematherapy series. She does presentations on sensory smart parenting and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and son, who has sensory processing issues.

You can email Nancy at Nancy@nancypeske.com

Dr. Temple Grandin, who wrote the foreword, is Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and is a person with autism. She is the author of numerous books including Thinking in Pictures and other bestselling books. You can find out more about Dr. Grandin on her website.

Book Contents

Updated and Expanded Edition, Published by Penguin RandomHouse, September 2018


Recognizing and Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Issues

Chapter 1: Why Is My Child So… Unusual?

Chapter 2: The Eight Senses

Chapter 3: Tuning in to Your Child

Chapter 4: Where Did the Wires Cross?


Addressing Your Child’s Sensory Needs

Chapter 5: Finding and Working with an Occupational Therapist

Chapter 6: Creating a Sensory Diet of Daily Activities

Chapter 7: Practical Solutions for Everyday Sensory Problems

  • Self-Care Challenges: Grooming, Dressing, Eating and Toileting
    • Grooming
    • Bathing
    • Diaper changes
    • Hair washing, brushing and cutting
    • Toothbrushing
    • Tooth grinding
    • Trimming nails
    • Clothing and underwear
    • Eyeglasses
    • Hats, gloves, and mittens
    • Helmets
    • Shoes, shoelaces, and boots
    • Potty training
    • Bed wetting
    • Meal time
    • Swallowing and taking capsules
    • Potty training
    • Bed wetting
  • Special Times, At Home and Away
    • Amusement parks
    • Bike Riding
    • Parties and gatherings
    • Dentist and doctor
    • Outdoor events
    • Public bathrooms
    • Shopping trips
    • Summer camp
    • Swimming
    • Waiting in line
  • Home Environment
    • Bathroom
    • Bedroom
    • Lighting
    • Noise and smell reduction
    • Room décor
  • Miscellaneous Challenges
    • Car rides
    • Elevators, escalators, and sliding glass doors
    • Hand flapping and head banging
    • Temperature sensitivity
    • General noise sensitivity
    • Fear of specific noises
    • Personal space issues
    • Picking up toys
    • Toe walking
    • Quick tips for calming an overwhelmed child
  • Practical Tips for Teens and Adults
    • Environmental issues
    • Learning to drive and driving
    • Doctor and dentist visits


Fostering Your Child’s Development

Chapter 8: Dealing with Developmental Delays

Chapter 9: Sensory Issues and the Child with an Autism

Chapter 10: Speech Challenges and Selective Eating

Chapter 11: Helping Your Child Learn and Get Organized

Chapter 12: Nutrition, Sleep, and Stress

Chapter 13: Complementary Therapies and Approaches


Parenting with Sensory Smarts

Chapter 14: Handling Discipline, Transitions, and Behavioral Issues

Chapter 15: Advocating for Your Child at School

Chapter 16: Technology and Kids with Sensory Issues

Chapter 17: The Special Challenges for Teenagers

Chapter 18: Empowering Your Child in the World


Sensory Smart Resources

Photos of Toys, Equipment and Products

Lindsey and Nancy’s Fifty Favorite Toys