An engaging and thoroughly well-thought out book that will help teachers, parents, carers and children in understanding why some children struggle in school as a result of sometimes undiagnosed or unrecognised challenges.
A short description of a sensory/motor condition precedes each story – the challenges faced described through a variety of dinosaur characters. The story is followed up with a worksheet for the child and supporting adult to work through, and there are practical strategies recommended for both school and home.
Each dinosaur has a different sensory condition, for example, Terri-dactyl who is afraid of heights and flying because his balance system is very sensitive and he can't join in with his friends because of his difficulties. Other dinosaurs and their conditions include:
•Developmental Coordination Disorder •Dyspraxia/proprioception •Sensory processing/Sensory Integration Disorder •Asperger's syndrome •Self Esteem Issues •Joint hypermobility •Dyslexia •Balance difficulties The strategies are advisory only but simple and practical enough to be incorporated within a school or home setting with the minimum of cost. Sensory Dinosaurs provides an excellent platform for positive participation by the child in exploring the challenges they personally experience.
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"I recently bought your book and have been working through it with my pupils. They LOVE it. They are fascinated that the dinosaurs have the same difficulties that they do and it just opens them up to sharing their difficulties. What is interesting is that these pupils are aged 11-14 but all of them love the book, and the characters." Anita Bradshaw, specialist teacher of pupils with Autism "Sensory Dinosaurs uses interesting story-based narratives to explain different sensory processing difficulties. It takes away the pressure of telling children of their own difficulties, which can be daunting, and is instead focused on lovely dinosaur cartoon characters. The stories are lively and give some positive notes. One may think that dinosaurs are more a 'boy thing' but it will seem appropriate and enjoyable for all children." British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Jill is an occupational therapist specialising in paediatrics. She initially worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years and was the deputy head occupational therapist at the Royal Free Hospital in 1971! During the 1990's she left the NHS and after training in sensory integration, established an independent practice working with adaptations to property, but also as a consultant to a range of paediatric settings such as the RNIB and London School for the Blind. The Christmas Children's Clinic was established in the early 1990's with a team of up to 5 occupational therapists working there at any one time and there had always been a desire to have a multi-agency centre since the 1980's.. In 2011 this vision moved a step further when she handed over the clinic to a new team and the clinic is now based at the Salomon's Campus Tunbridge Wells. Jill is married to an architect and has a son and a daughter, with 3 young grandchildren who she sees weekly. She is involved in her local church - in particular building up the youth side and has lots of interests as well as retaining a professional consultancy to the clinic and for providing talks to interested parties on childrens; conditions that she has seen and treated over the years.