Sensory Integration Answers for Parents and Teachers

Cover image courtesy of Crestport Press


"Sensory Integration: Answers for Parents" and "Sensory Integration: Answers for Teachers" are two sixteen-page booklets -- created by the Pediatric Therapy Network and published by Crestport Press -- that give quick, clear, easy-to-read introductions to sensory integration (now more commonly called sensory processing) problems in children and how occupational therapy can help. Authors Gina Geppert Coleman, Zoe Mailloux and Susanne Smith Roley are all occupational therapists, and the booklets also use material from Sensory Integration and the Child by A.

Jean Ayres, originator of sensory integration therapy.

Contents of "Sensory Integration: Answers for Parents":

The 16-page booklet is 8.5x11 inches in size, and printed on glossy paper. Text is spread out in two-page sections with the following headings:

  • If you have asked yourself ... (observations parents might have made that indicate sensory-integration problems)
  • What is sensory integration?
  • What is sensory integration dysfunction?
  • Does your child show some signs of sensory integration dysfunction?
  • How are sensory integration disorders assessed?
  • Is help available for children who have sensory integration dysfunction?
  • What can parents do to help?

The back page features "On Helping Children Help Themselves" by A. Jean Ayres.

Contents of "Sensory Integration: Answers for Teachers":

This booklet has the same size and format, with the following headings:

  • Do you have unanswered questions about some of your students?
  • What is sensory integration and how does it support learning and behavior?
  • What is sensory integration dysfunction and how does it affect a student's ability to learn and pay attention?
  • How are sensory integration problems assessed in a school setting?
  • What can be done to help students with sensory integration concerns?
  • What can teachers do to help a child with dysfunction in sensory integration?
  • A teacher observation checklist and tips for teachers
  • Back page: "A Note From a Teacher"


  • Provide solid basic information on sensory integration dysfunction
  • More persuasive for teachers and doubting family members than material printed off the internet
  • Give ideas on ways parents and teachers can help, over and above seeking out therapy
  • Symptom lists can help clarify whether sensory integration is a problem for your child
  • Book recommendations point the way for more in-depth learning


  • You'll need those books, as these booklets provide just a brief introduction
  • Perhaps all the empty white space in the layout could have gone to making the type a little larger
  • You can bring the information to people who need to understand your child, but you can't make them read

My Review:

Sensory integration can be a hard concept to grasp, and a harder one to explain. You may sense how it applies to your child, but the details seem slippery.

How do you convince a family member or an educator that your child's Sensory Integration Dysfunction needs to be respected and worked around when you can't quite spell out the hows and the whys?

Here's one good way: Read these helpful, attractive booklets, then pass 'em out. They explain the basics -- the very basics -- of SI in a professional, easy to understand manner that is convincing and reasonable. There are checklists for identifying problems, explanations of assessment and therapy, and tips of useful things parents and teachers can do on their own.

To really learn about sensory integration and how it affects your child and family, you'll need to move on to bigger books that go more in-depth. But sometimes, a quick summary is all that's called for -- to help you establish talking points, and to make people understand that it's not just you who's saying this.

The booklets are available from the Pediatric Therapy Network website.

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