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Book Club: The Sensory Child Gets Organized

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Book Club: The Sensory Child Gets Organized


Book Club: The Sensory Child Gets Organized

This month, the Maniacs read The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh, a resource book for parents of children with a variety of learning and social differences such as AD/HD, PANDAS, Autism Spectrum disorders, and more. It offers specific insight into the disorders, common organizing struggles associated with them, and outlines solutions parents can implement to better help their child.


Our Biggest Take-Aways

  1. Compassion and empathy are different. Dalgliesh encourages parents to approach the task of organizing their child from a place of compassion rather than empathy. When we feel compassion for someone, we recognize their unique struggles but remain in a position removed enough to be helpful. Over-empathizing with the situation can make it difficult for all parties to move forward.
  2. The Power of Choice. In helping kids get organized and set up new routines for time management, school work, and play areas, it’s key to keep them involved in the process. But how does one do this while still moving the process forward according to a well thought out plan? Give the child choices. Narrow down the decision to a few choice, all of which will give you the desired outcome, and allow the child to choose which method is picked. This leads to a sense of empowerment and buying into the sometimes painful process of change.


Ideas We Loved

  1. Specific activity zones. Dalgliesh suggests setting up specific sections of a sensory child’s playroom and designating an activity that takes place in that zone. For example, a Lego zone that is separate from a reading zone. This helps kids to keep their space in order and allows them to better focus on the task they’ve chosen without being over-stimulated by seeing all of their toys and belongs in one big pile.
  2. Picture labels. Big, picture labels. It may seem like a no-brainer, but we love the label examples in the Sensory Child. They are all so simple, fun, and amazingly easy to tell what purpose to serve. Remember that kids often struggle with reading and having some big, visual picture labels make clean-up time a lot easier.


Who Should Read This Book

  1. Parents who are already organized themselves and are hoping to better understand their sensory child. This book offers many suggestions that an organized person would be able to implement and blend into their already established routine.
  2. Professional Organizers who want to learn great tips for organizing kids. The Sensory Child Gets Organized has a ton of tips that can be customized to fit the needs of many clients.


Happy (Sensory) Organizing!

The Maniacs

Cris Sgrott

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