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I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD
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· Just Shut Up and Drive
· Dark Water
· White Elephants
· Out Of Sync
· Blackbird Flies
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Publisher:  Loving, Healing Press ISBN-10:  1615991581


Copyright:  2nd Edition ~ May 8, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781615991587

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A story of living with SPD through the perspective of a four-year-old child.

Initially, I wrote this book to validate my daughter, Jaimie's, feelings and to help her see that she wasn't the only one who felt the same way she did. It was never my intention to share our story with the world but when I met other parents with children who also had SPD, I gave them my book as a tool to talk about it--both with their children and to others.

The book can be used to help children with SPD learn about and understand their disorder as well as to help give them the words to explain it to others. It can also be useful to teachers, coaches and other family members to help them see SPD through the child's perspective. Finally, it can be used by therapists and counselors to understand it themselves as well as to use during the diagnostic/treatment road.

I'm not an expert--just a parent with our own story and experiences with SPD. If we all share our stories, perhaps we won't feel like islands in the middle of nowhere wondering if anyone else out there is going through the same thing. We can build bridges among us and heal together.

The book is currently undergoing revisions to reflect the change from "Sensory Integration Dysfunction" to "Sensory Processing Disorder" due to the current progression of successful research. There is also an "Activity Page" with exercises parents, caregivers and teachers can do to help young readers learn more about the senses, how it may feel to have SPD and how it can interfere with the things we do everyday.


When I was born, I loved everything around me. I liked looking at my Mama and Daddy, I liked hearing their voices, and I loved feeling their arms around me when I needed a cuddle. But things changed as I grew. Things got scary; so scary, I screamed. It frustrated me because nobody else seemed to feel the scary things I did and it made me mad.

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Very Imformative and Helpful
I personally have never heard of Sensory Processing Disorder before I read this book. I have heard of many illnesses and disorders that affect children and their families in so many ways, and it is always just so sad. Especially when the baby or child, can't really communicate about their feelings with their parents. I often wonder how horrible that would feel, and wish nothing but the best for these families.
One thing I found out is that SPD is a little similar to what I have, which is RSD, and in some ways, we have some of the same issues with touch. (RSD affects your nervous system and is also known as chronic regional pain syndrome) So, I felt very sad for this little girl because I do know how it feels to have pain and how it feels when hugs and touch actually hurt.
I wish more books like this would be written for all the different things that our children have to deal with, maybe if they were kept in classrooms and libraries, and more people were aware of these disorders, the ignorance and making fun, and misunderstandings would stop. This goes for adults just as much as children.
This book was written very well, and the pictures are adorable. This cute little girl and all of her struggles and story have touched our hearts and i am sure will touch many more.
This would be an excellent book for any child, of any age, who also suffers from SPD, as well as any family who has a child or friend or relative who has this. Education is the key with things like this and the more people who become aware, the better we become as people and as a society.
There are many children who could use this book as a way to help them explain how they feel, how things hurt, and how things look to them. The most important part for these kids I would believe is for people to understand and listen to them, rather then think they are so "weird". I think this book should be at every doctors office and hospital. That way, when a family finds out what is happening with their children, the doctor can hand them this book as a reference and it will be the stepping stone for the healing process. My granddaughter was recently diagnosed with Downs, and when my daughter had her at her new doctors office, they handed her a book all about Downs, written by a boy who had Downs, and this has been a tremendous help for all of us! I hope this book becomes well known amongst the medical community for that reason.
I would also recommend this book to people who work with kids, around kids, have kids, maybe this will also help children accept and ask questions and learn, rather then make children who are a little "different", feel "weird"

** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **

Great Book!
I found this book to be very informative in a very easy to read format, geared toward a child. This book explains the details about SPD and how it can affect your child's life and their social abilities. I'm Not Weird I have SPD was inspired by the author's child Jaimie and her struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder.

The book is great to read to your child, if they are suffering from SPD, it can help them learn how to put words to their feelings. One of the problems with SPD is that the kids do not know how to express how they are feeling, how it feels for someone to touch them or a certain material to touch their skin. They do not feel, hear or smell things the way others do and they need help to understand how to explain how scary things can be for them.

In the back of this book you will find some `sensational activities' to help other children understand, along with lots of other helpful information for parents of children with SPD.

I highly recommend this book to any parent of a child suffering from SPD. I also recommend Loving healing [dot]com for many books on healing and different disorders.

A great resource for parents and teachers
Chynna Laird was inspired by her daughter to write I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD. Chynna not only wanted to write this book to help her daughter deal with the emotions that came with Sensory Processing Disorder, but wanted to help the children around her understand it as well. This book is an amazing resource for teachers and parents. Its not always easy to put other's emotions into words, or describe how people feel. Also, children cannot always put these things into perspective for others.

When I was in college, I was a teacher's aid at a day care. One of the children had SPD. I had no idea what this was and researched it to help me help this child. I never found anything like this. If I had this book at the time, I am sure I could have understood him better and helped him.

As parents, we can never predict who will be in the class with our children, or who they will make friends with. It is a good idea to learn something about disorders that occur in children so that we can help ours connect and understand the world around them.

The book teaches children what SPD is, and how it effects those with the disorder. It also helps children who have been diagnosed learn to communicate their feelings. SPD can make children not like being touched, not like certain sounds, tastes, and smells. But, this book can teach children to communicate these feelings and understand that its okay.

I think I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD can do more than just help understand the disorder. It can also help other children learn to cope with their feelings. Children have to learn to communicate in ways besides screaming and throwing a tantrum. This book can be implemented to help them tell us why they get so upset.

The book also includes teacher and parent resources at the back with fun activities to further the lessons in the book. I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD would be an amazing resource for any library, classroom, or home.

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